Irene Cox

Irene E. Cox

Friday, October 29th, 1937 - Friday, June 4th, 2021
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Irene E. Cox, 83, of Stevensville, passed away, Friday, June 4, 2021 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 11:00 A.M. Friday, June 11, 2021 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Rev. James Dunn officiating. Burial will follow at North Shore Memory Gardens in Coloma. Friends may visit with the family from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial donations in Irene’s name may be made to Caring Circle Hospice. Those wishing to sign Irene’s Memory Book online may do so at

Irene was born October 29, 1937 in Benton Harbor to Thomas & Julia (Thiede) Kirby. She graduated from Benton Harbor High School, Class of 1955 and enjoyed her monthly luncheon visits with her classmates. Irene was employed at All-Phase Electric, retiring as a MIT Manager after thirty-four years. After retirement, she worked for several years in the deli at Martin’s Supermarket in St. Joseph. In December 1981 she married Charles “Boone” Cox in St. Joseph. He preceded her in death on February 2, 1982. Irene met James Weatherly and they spent many years together before his passing on October 15, 2016. Irene volunteered her time at the St. Joseph-Lincoln Senior and enjoyed trips to Las Vegas several times each year. She enjoyed making macrame’ lawn chairs for family & friends and cherished the time spent with her family and attending her children’s & grandchildren’s school & sporting events. Irene will be missed by her many friends on POGO.

Irene is survived by her children-Joseph (Kari) Palazzolo of Eau Claire, Mary Anne (Mark) Mabry & Becky (Kevin) Young both of Stevensville, Nancy (Mark) Mason of St. Joseph; eleven grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Carla Kirby of St. Joseph; numerous nieces & nephews; James Weatherly’s children-Rhonda & Jeff Young of Watervliet, Kim Dilts of Stevensville & Brenda Weatherly of Chicago; and her special neighborhood friend Ari Chaffin. In addition to her husband Charles and long-time companion James, Irene was preceded in death by siblings-Charles, Thomas & Kenneth Kirby, Eleanor Dyer & Betty Cassidy.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 10th, 2021 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, June 10th, 2021 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, June 11th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Friday, June 11th, 2021 11:00am
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Memorial donations in Irene's name may be made to Caring Circle Hospice
  • Interment

    North Shore Memory Gardens
    5027 M-63 North
    Coloma, MI 49038
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Wayne Petzke

Posted at 02:31pm
Dear Members of Irene's Family:
My deepest condolences and sympathies on your loss. I have so many good memories of working with Irene for many years at All-Phase. She was such a caring and conscientious employee, and had the kind of work ethic that was of the highest level. If memory serves me correctly, while we were both working at All-Phase Irene purchased a home on Glenlord Road. Once she found out (through our casual conversation) that I had helped my father build that house for my Grandmother many, many years prior to her purchasing it she invited me over for a "tour"! Unfortunately I never took her up on the offer, but to this day every time I drive by that house I think of both Irene as well as my Grandmother. I wished I would have stopped to visit with her. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you. God bless.

Carol masterson

Posted at 08:02pm
Aunt Irene. I enjoyed the times we would set and chat. And you goIng to Yore Community Church with Bob and I. So glad your last Mothers Day was so happy and you even won prize at church. We will miss your smiling.g face. at our cookout.
Our Deepest sympathy. to the family.
Bob and Carol Masterson and family

Kim P foster

Posted at 01:27pm
I am so thankful for Aunt Irene for coming into Uncle Jimmy's life. He was so happy. Aunt Irene rest in peace in God's loving arms. We will miss you.
Love Kim and Don Foster, and family.

Jennifer Chaffin

Posted at 07:27am
Miss Irene. Our dear neighbor who loved Ari as her own. Irene watched like a hawk for her getting off the bus to make sure my baby was safe. They enjoyed lots of treats, many hours of cartoons, and made lots of memories together. Just like a loving grandma to Ari. Thanks for all you did for us and I'm so glad we became such great friends. You will be deeply missed. We love you Irene , keep that hawk eye out we will still need you watching over us. And God knows you'll send that bolt of lightning down on anyone who messes with us. That's just who you are. A blessing to all. Love ya Mama Bear.

Joe Palazzolo

Posted at 09:42pm
It's only been a day since you've been gone and I still can't believe it. Only cause you've always been there...for everything. Every single activity we were involved in you were there, everything your grandkids were involved in you were there. Not only were you a good Mom, you were one of the strongest women that I've ever seen. What other Mom would run down kids who ripped off our Halloween bags? You also had to be a good father. You had a unique way of discipling me on the rare occasions I misbehaved. I remember once you told me "don't make me call your uncle Pat". Fear ran through me and I'm pretty sure I straightened right up. Thanks for being the Mother you were, thanks for being the role model you were. I miss you already and Love you very much.

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