Irene Klos, of Hornell

HORNELL-Irene Klos, 97, formerly of 14 Willow Place, Hornell, died early Saturday morning (August 1, 2015) at Hornell Gardens where she had resided for the past year.


Born in Hornell on January 8, 1918, she was the daughter of Clarence & Lillian (Shinebarger) Eicher.


Irene grew up in Hornell and was a graduate of Hornell High School (class of 1936) She later graduated from the former Hornell Federal Commercial School (class of 1938).


She served as Commissioner of Public Welfare for the City of Hornell for over 10 years, retiring in 1968 when Steuben County took over these duties. She later was employed as a secretary in the Pharmacy of St. James Hospital for about 4 years, retiring in 1972.


Irene was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and had been a communicant of St. Ignatius Loyola Church.


She was married on August 30, 1940 to William “Bill” Klos who died August 2, 2005. She was also preceded in death by 2 sons, William Klos, JR (died 2002) and Robert Klos (died 2004); 2 brothers, Howard Eicher and James Eicher.


Surviving are her daughter, Patricia Lathers of Hornell, NY; her sister, Marian Giglio of Hornell; 7 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; nieces & nephews.


All are welcome to attend a graveside service on Wednesday, August 5th at 10:00 AM at Rural Cemetery in Hornell with Deacon Robert McCormick officiating.


Funeral arrangements are in care of the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.


Irene’ family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 435 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14620.


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