Irene Rhoads

Irene Jane Rhoads (Olintz)

Friday, November 20th, 2020
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Irene Jane Rhoads

Of Medfield, passed to spirit Friday, November 20, 2020. Born March 2, 1923 to George and Anna Olintz of the Parsons section of Wilkes-Barre, PA. She was the youngest of 8 children and adored by all her siblings.

After attending High School, she worked as a seamstress for 2 years before enlisting in the United States Navy, Medical Corp., “to go on an adventure!”
Irene met Lawrie Rhoads in 1944, the love of her life. After marrying, they moved several times while raising 3 children; Carol, Charles, and Lynne. They settled in Medfield in 1964 where they stayed until their passings this year, after 75 years of marriage.
Irene’s greatest joy was raising her children. She helped in the operation of their business, FDC Packaging, located in Medfield, MA. She was also an avid gardener; saying “when I get to Heaven I will be in charge of the flowers.”
Her hobbies were sewing and volunteer work. She supported Medfield Animal Shelter, The Senior Center, and the Church of the Advent.
She was known for her quiet and loving nature and will be missed greatly.
She leaves Carol Rhoads of Marion, MA and Chuck and his wife Betty Rhoads of Norfolk, MA, grandson Jeff and wife Jennifer and grandsons Tommy and Nicky of Norfolk, MA, also her granddaughter Katrina and husband Erik and granddaughters Ella and Avery of Arvada, CO. She is pre-deceased by her daughter Lynne and her husband Lawrie.

Her devoted caregivers included Joanne, Mary, Marianne, Sylvanna, Christine and Maddy.
Please consider a donation in Irene’s memory to Good Shepard Community Care, 90 Wells Ave., Newton, MA 02459.
A memorial service will be planned for the Spring.
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Sharon Defeo

Posted at 08:11am
So sorry for you loss. I didn't really know Aunt Irene until my 60's but after we met it seems like we knew each other all of our lives. My dad Charles( pictured with her below) was especially close to her along with the rest of her brothers and sisters. I am sure they were all their to greet her.
Mary, Anna, Helen, Michael, George, Jim, Pete, Charles, and Andrew. Aunt Irene , the last of the true Olintz clan.

Carol Rhoads Posted at 08:35am

Hi Sharon Thank you for your condolences I will write to you to share more info about the family!

Carol Rhoads Posted at 08:37am

Can you post the picture again or send to my phone! Would love to see a picture of my mother as a child! 5083177110

Sharon Defeo Posted at 08:45pm

Carol Rhoads: my email address is Would LOVE for you to share info and I will give to you all the pictures I have (very few) Don't know why the picture I added to my post does not appear, but please reach out to me via my email. Would love any info you can add to our ancestry.

Theresa Melzar/Church of the Advent Outreach

Posted at 10:31am
Dear Rhoads Family:

I am so sorry that you have lost your wonderful mother so soon after your father. I hope you can get consolation knowing that she is where she wants to be with her loving Lawrie and God. You are in my prayers during this unimaginable time in your lives.


Carol Rhoads Posted at 08:38am

Thank you Theresa! Yes they are together with all their loving friends and relatives!

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