Our beloved Irene Nora Crowley passed away in Torrance California (where she was a resident for 64 years) at the age of 95. Irene is predeceased by her parents Rosa and Angelo Zandonatti; her siblings Richard, Caroline and Alda; her husband William F. Crowley; her daughter Colleen McCoy and her granddaughter, Shannon Quigley Runningbear. Irene is survived by her siblings: Joe Zandonatti, Angelo Zandonatti, Bill Zandonatti, Rose Marie Andriolo, Emma Waner, Agnes Paone, and Gloria Nargie; her children: Kathleen Crowley Shortridge, Kevin Crowley and Cynthia Philpott and her grandchildren: Cain Quigley, Keegan Quigley, Sean Crowley, Brian Crowley, Lisa Hoff, Eric Hoff, Erin Brewer, Kalah Filippi and Tim Mccoy, and greatgrandchildren: Fisher Quigley, Tye Quigley, Austin Crowley, McKenna Crowley, and Bella Crowley. Born of an immigrant father who came to work on the spaghetti railroad and mother from Texas, Irene enjoyed growing up on a farm and moving to Rockford, Illinois where she played baseball while the men were at WWII. She was Rosie the Riveter and enjoyed dancing at the USO where she met her husband Bill. They loved to dance together - the jitterbug and swing. They moved to Santa Monica and then to the South Bay where she eventually lived alone for the last 34 years. She loved to travel and collect antiques. She supported the scouts and teams of her children and grandchildren, her church, and worked at Zoyas modeling and retailing until she was 80. She walked every day and was active physically until she was 94. She was a Deer at the Elks in Redondo and loved her social life and her family and friends. She wanted to go home to her Mom. Irene was a grand and lovely woman and will be missed by many. Good Nite Irene until we meet again…

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  1. welcome to this beautiful place to make a comment about Irene and your memory of her or whatever you might like to share…we all look forward to hearing from family and friends here …big love, kathleen

  2. My Sweet, kind, loving, humble, joyful, God loving, beautiful God Mother has left this earth to go home to her Heavenly Father and join her family. She will be missed by her family and friends. Our loss on earth can be devastating, painful and break our hearts. However we know the reward in Heaven is great, joyful, peaceful and tranquil. I have always loved Aunt Irene she has always had a special place in my heart. Until we meet again! My condolences go out to the entire family as I know she was loved deeply by her family. With all our Love Patty and Jeff Thompson

  3. So sorry to learn of Aunt Irene’s passing, Kay and I send our condolences to your family, Your mom was a special lady and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
    Love Arnie and Kay DiTomassi

  4. I have fond memories of Aunt Irene, and all my cousins, whenever we would get together. Aunt Irene was such a gentle spirit, and you can see that great spirit in her children. We will miss her smiling face. The light she nourished as part of our lives will never be extinguished.

  5. I have many wonderful memories of Aunt Irene, but one that comes to mind was in 1987. I was just finishing dinner with a group of friends at Billy Reed’s in Palm Springs and when we walked out to the parking lot, up pulls Aunt Irene in a cool looking sports car. She was so gracious and kind to me and my friends who told me what a fantastic aunt she was. She was always so friendly and full of life. She will definitely be missed.

  6. What can I say about such a great woman that hasn’t already been said. Aunt Irene was the one who always had a smile for me. She was a genuine and caring person who touched my life in many ways. I have great memories of her at family get togethers and always loved sitting and hearing about her life. I will miss her. God bless Irene.

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