Irene G. Brinkman
Irene G. Brinkman, 85, of Vergennes passed away Thursday, November 25, 2021 peacefully in her birth home surrounded by her family.
She was born, March 2, 1936 in Vergennes, the daughter of Arthur and Gertrude (Collom) Rose. She attended Vergennes Union HS, graduating in the class of 1954. The following year she would wed her husband, James H. Brinkman Sr.
She was a member of the Vergennes Eagles Club, the Vergennes Legion, and St. Peters church before joining Victory Baptist Church of Vergennes.
She worked for years at Clarks Nursing home. Later working at Beeman Elementary, where her love of “her kids” never stopped. After retiring from Beeman Elementary School, she spent her time volunteering in such places as Vergennes Rescue Squad, Helen Porter Hospital, Project Independence and the Vergennes Legion as a cook.
Her hobbies were vast. She loved spending time with her family and many grandkids, cooking, baking and of course shopping. She loved long rides on back roads. She was a master of her beloved word search puzzles, often having the whole puzzle solved before anyone else had found a single word. You could often find her at the kitchen table playing cards to pass her time.
She is survived by her children, Lori Brinkman, James (Jamie) H. Brinkman Jr, Dennis Brinkman and Kelly Brinkman. Her brother Newton (Johnny) Rose, and sisters Marjorie Stup, Florence (Thomas) Gude, and Martha (Stephen) Thackery. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years James H. Brinkman Sr, their son Craig T. Brinkman Sr, her parents Arthur and Gertrude Rose, and brothers, William (Billy) Rose, Arthur (Tony) Rose. She was also predeceased by her sister in law Mary Alice, and brother in law Russell, in addition to, lifelong friends Olive Douglas and Audrey Porter.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday, December 3rd from 9 to 11 a.m. at Victory Baptist Church in Vergennes with a funeral service following at 11 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in Prospect Cemetery in Vergennes. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, PO Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.
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