Irene Theresa Bush (nee Oâ€™Rourke), 93, passed away peacefully on Epiphany Sunday, January 6th, 2019 in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Irene was born on September 1st, 1925 to John and Catherine Oâ€™Rourke in Brooklyn, New York. Her grandparents had emigrated from Ireland, but her parents were born and bred in Brooklyn. She was the youngest of nine children, and the most like her parents in her business acumen. Her father founded Oâ€™ROURKE AND SONS, a highly lucrative excavation firm. Irene served as secretary and general personal assistant at a young age.
Subsequently she ventured further afield: at a time when women did not leave home to work, Irene secured a secretarial position in the glamorous Empire State Building in Manhattan. She was modern in her thinking and fashionable in her dress!
On September 11th, 1948 Irene married Eugene Peter Bush, the only son of Peter and Mary Bush of Brooklyn. They had four children; initially they lived in Brooklyn, but changing times induced them to move to Congers in Rockland County, New York. Despite the demands of family life, Irene engaged successfully in several business pursuits from the import of fine English Bone China to the eventual appointment as Sales Manager at GENERAL BEARING INCORPORATED. Her eldest daughter, Ellen Mary Ingalls, died in 1985. Ireneâ€™s husband passed away five years later. Their only son, Eugene Peter Bush, died in 2010.
Irene is survived by her son-in-law, Stanley Ingalls, her daughter, Karen Hadden, and her daughter and son-in-law, Irene and Victor Blanchet. She leaves behind eight grandchildren: Megan Lafferty, Genevieve Howley, John Ingalls, Alexander Hadden, Victor Blanchet III, Elizabeth Blanchet, Eugene Bush III, and Matthew Bush. She was a great-grandmother seven times over.
Supported by family and friends (most especially, The Knapps, The Annases, The Malfas, and The Peters) in her later years, Irene was known for her immense generosity, her excellent culinary skills, her keen wit, and her sharp business sense. She can never be replaced; she will not be forgotten.
May She Rest In Peace.