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Irene Garabedian

Irene Garabedian

Thursday, March 12th, 1931 - Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019
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On September 3rd, 2019 the Gates opened and welcomed one of its most frequent correspondents. Irene Urbanowicz Garabedian (born 3/12/31) the daughter of Josephine Karpicz and Isador Urbanowicz, passed away at the home of her loving daughter, Lisa, where she had resided for her final five years, During that time, visitors would frequently stop by to visit Lisa, but the fact is they were often there to see Irene whose smile, wit and sense of optimism were irrepressible. Faced with monumental medical setbacks, from which she never complained, Irene had a heartfelt concern for the difficulties of others that she placed above her own challenges, and she was the first to offer an encouraging word or sound advice. In addition to her daughter Lisa, Irene is survived by her daughters Dawn Team and Nadine Garabedian and son Steven Garabedian, grandchildren Taylor Team and Jamie Garabedian, a large herd of great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, among whom is Virginia Nichols who occupied a special place in Irene's heart. Irene was predeceased by her husband Charles P. Garabedian, son Charles D. Garabedian.

When Irene wasn't reading, it was probably because a UCONN basketball game (men's or women's) was on the air, and her devotion to the Huskies was acknowledged at center court in February '19 with other breast cancer survivors through the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Irene was a member of Holy Cross Church in New Britain which her father helped build. It seems that during the construction process a line of communication was established as Irene was remarkably conversant in the strengths of the various saints and communicated with them regularly. Whenever someone had a problem, she knew exactly the party to call upon, and her prayers, which she generously disbursed, were, more often than not, answered. Heaven is a better place today.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Healing Meals Community Project; or (860) 264-5864.

Friends and family are invited to pay their respects from 4pm to 6pm Friday, September 13th, 2019 at the Paul A. Shaker Funeral Home, 764 Farmington Ave., New Britain, CT. Burial will be private. To extend condolences to the Garabedian family or to share a memory of Irene, please visit SHAKERFUNERALHOME.COM
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, September 13th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Friday, September 13th, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Paul A. Shaker Funeral Home
    764 Farmington Avenue
    NEW BRITAIN, CT 06053
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    Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
  • Service

    Friday, September 13th, 2019 | 6:00pm
    Friday, September 13th, 2019 6:00pm
    Paul A. Shaker Funeral Home
    764 Farmington Avenue
    NEW BRITAIN, CT 06053
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Deacon Michael Rubitz
  • Interment

    Burial will be Private.


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Marji Rose

Posted at 11:41pm
Dear Garabedian Family,

I was just one among the many who became fortunate enough to call Irene, 'Mom'. For me, she became the Mother I never had but always wanted. Her warm heart and open arms helped heal my broken and empty soul, I will be forever grateful. Her never ending positive outlook carried her with grace through until the very end. If it were not for needing a physical body to remain she would have graced us with kindness and sharp wit forever.

Bob Papertsian

Posted at 12:44pm
Read the passing of Irene in today's Courant. The Irene I remember is someone who was a very kind and happy person who loved her family. What a blessing to know her strong relationship with God. May our Lord watch over the entire Garabedian family during this time of remembrance and healing. Your cousin, Bobby Papertsian

Michelle dusa

Posted at 07:55am
My condolences to the entire Garabedian family especially my Steven. May Mrs. Garabedian rest in peace.

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