In Loving Memory of Irene M. Iwanicki

Bridgeport, CT
August 08, 2019
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


St. Thomas Aquinas Church

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial

1719 Post Road,
Ct 06824

Saturday, September 28, 2019 11:00 a.m.


Family Gathering


Glenmary Home Missioners

PO Box 465618,
OH 45246-5618 (

Irene M. Iwanicki

Irene M. (Gopsill) Iwanicki passed away peacefully in her Fairfield home on Thursday, August 8th. She was predeceased by Raymond, her beloved husband of 64 years, her parents Charles and Annie Gopsill and her sisters Dorothy Weber and Sr. Frances Gopsill, SHCJ. Irene is survived by three daughters, Patricia Kearns of Fairfield, Mary Beth Elgin (her husband Stephen, children Matthew and Elizabeth) of Farmington, NY and Barbara Carissimi (her husband John, children Thomas and Raymond) of Milford. Also her sister Barbara Leson of Fairfield, brother-in-law Ted Weber of San Francisco and brother-in-law Walter Iwanicki and his wife, Dorothy of Waterford. Irene was a lifetime resident of Fairfield. After completing school, she was employed by Dupont as an executive secretary. She married Raymond, the love of her life in 1953. After raising her three daughters, Irene was an administrative assistant at Glenmary Home Missioners in Fairfield. She was a dedicated parishioner at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Fairfield where she participated in the Ladies Guild, craft group, Christmas fair and was a school volunteer. She was well known for her skills in sewing, quilting, knitting and crocheting, as well as baking. Her remarkable chocolate chip cookies were always in great demand. She was a talented homemaker and hostess and enjoyed entertaining family and friends in her home. Her interest in gardening yielded abundant produce that she enjoyed canning, pickling and sharing. Always generous and caring, Irene was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She was cherished by her family and will be profoundly missed. Friends are invited to attend a memorial Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Fairfield on Saturday, September 28th at 11:00 AM. A reception lunch in the church hall will immediately follow. The burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Glenmary Home Missioners at PO Box 465618, Cincinnati, OH 45246-5618 or To offer online condolences please visit

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  1. I remember her as written above…kind,caring,and smiling. she has passed those wonderful traits onto her daughters who continue bringing that love to their family and their world.

  2. I am sending my sincerest sympathy to the beautiful Iwanicki sisters, their families and my mom’s wonderful friend, Barbara Leson, with whom I had fun traveling in Italy with.
    I will always remember Mrs Iwanicki teaching me how to sew nylon net balls and put glitter on them. These were sold at the St Thomas Ladies Guild annual Christmas bazaar. I have many fond memories of the Iwanicki family growing up. I pray that God and good memories always bring you comfort ❤️

  3. I am so sorry this is late. I loved working with Irene at Glenmary. She was so kind, always smiling, always welcoming as well as a great Administrative Assistant. I also knew Irene and Ray at St. Thomas where they were both involved with parish activities. They raised a great family. She will be missed