Irene O. Jones, 85, formerly of Hebron, passed away on May 16, 2023 at the Jefferson House nursing facility in Newington, where she was well cared for. Born in Manhattan, New York in February of 1938, she was the daughter of the late Stefan and Veronica (Zajac) Okapal. In 1968, she married her best friend and love of her life, Edward Jones. They shared 25 years together until he predeceased her in 1994. After graduating from Hunter College in New York, Irene helped people by working for the State of Connecticut as a Medical Social Worker for 26 years until her retirement in 1995. She loved to embark on cruises and travel the world with Ed and her friends. She was a serious bridge player even attending many bridge bootcamps. Her home was the site of many happy gatherings of extended family and friends. She made sure that all felt welcomed, comfortable, and important. She was a woman of considerable faith and was both a communicant and former treasurer of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Hebron. Irene will be forever loved and remembered by her brother and his wife Edward and Margaret Okapal and their children, her godchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. On June 7, 2023, calling hours will be held from 10 am to noon, with mass at noon and burial immediately following, all at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 30 Church St, Hebron, CT 06248. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to St. Peter’s Church, or to the Russell Mercier Senior Center, Hebron. To sign the online guest book or share a memory of Irene, please visit www.auroramccarthyfuneralhome.com
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