Irene Montigny, 90

WESTBOROUGH/SOUTHBRIDGE — Irene Montigny, 90, formerly of Southbridge, died on Tuesday, January 5, at the Holden Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, after a brief illness.

She leaves her two beloved nieces, Lori Menafo and her husband Gregory of Lunenburg and Lisa Montigny of Shrewsbury; her great nieces, Rachael, Julia, Kate and Erin Montigny, all of Shrewsbury; and her beloved cousin, Alice Quinn of Phoenix, AZ.  She was predeceased by her brother, Jean Paul Montigny and his wife Carol A. (Guertin) Montigny and her two nephews, Leonard and Michael Montigny.  She was born in Southbridge, the daughter of Alfred and Alice (Bourgeois) Montigny.  She was a graduate of Mary E. Wells High School in Southbridge, attended Syracuse University then graduated from Boston University in 1953. 

Irene was a longtime teacher at Barrows Elementary School in Reading and lived in Stoneham and Malden for many years.  After retiring in 1993, she moved back to Southbridge to be closer to her family.

Irene was an avid reader, looked forward to doing the Sunday crossword puzzle and LOVED to shop.  She also enjoyed line dancing, painting, playing the piano and watching Jeopardy.  Most of all, Irene cherished every moment spent with her nieces and nephews.  She especially enjoyed annual trips to Cape Cod.  She met many dear friends through her journey in life, including the more recent friendships made at The Highlands in Westborough where she resided since 2014.

Irene’s funeral service and burial in Old Notre Dame Cemetery, Southbridge, will be at a later date.  There are no calling hours. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a charity of your choice, as Irene was a supporter of many causes.

The Daniel T. Morrill Funeral Home, 130 Hamilton St., Southbridge, is directing arrangements.

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