Irene Janet (Kotynski) McCartney, of Geneseo, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, with family members by her side. Funeral services were in the morning on Thursday, Dec. 21 at St. Malachy Catholic Church, in Geneseo. A visitation was from 9:30 a.m. (rosary at 9:30 a.m.) to 10:30 a.m. in the church followed by a funeral mass at 10:30 a.m. A luncheon in the church hall followed the funeral mass. A burial will take place on Jan. 6, 2018, in Chickasha, Okla., at the Fairlawn Cemetery in Grady County. She will be buried next to her husband of 58 years, Michael Jr. In lieu of flowers, donations in Irene’s name may be made to the Geneseo Food Pantry, 217 N. Russell St., Geneseo, IL 61254. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.

Irene Janet (Kotynski) McCartney, of Geneseo, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, with family members by her side. Funeral services were in the morning on Thursday, Dec. 21 at St. Malachy Catholic Church, in Geneseo. A visitation was from 9:30 a.m. (rosary at 9:30 a.m.) to 10:30 a.m. in the church followed by a funeral mass at 10:30 a.m. A luncheon in the church hall followed the funeral mass. A burial will take place on Jan. 6, 2018, in Chickasha, Okla., at the Fairlawn Cemetery in Grady County. She will be buried next to her husband of 58 years, Michael Jr. In lieu of flowers, donations in Irene’s name may be made to the Geneseo Food Pantry, 217 N. Russell St., Geneseo, IL 61254. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.

Irene was born to the late Anastazy S. and Janet (Jaskulska) Kotynski in 1926 at St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital, in Chicago. She was baptized at St. Joseph Catholic Church, in Hammond, Ind. Her godmother was Cecilia (Chessia) Glazer. Irene attended St. Joseph Grade School and graduated from Hammond High School. She worked at a Naval office in South Chicago and at Hammond City Hall as secretary to the city engineer.

Irene married the love of her life, Michael John McCartney Jr., in 1950. Witnesses at her marriage were her brother, Edward S. Kotynski, and Michael’s sister, Gertrude A. McCartney. Their first three children were born in Hammond, Ind. - Michael III, Mary and Regina.

Michael took a job with Detroit Testing Lab and Irene had the next three children while living in Detroit - Chris, Maureen and John. Their youngest child, Marie, was born in Toledo when Michael took a position with Owens-Illinois.

Michael and Irene raised their family in South Toledo, attending Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, where both were very active in the church and community. They spent time making and maintaining numerous friendships that lasted a lifetime. Irene was particularly fond of her birthday club and her Weight Watchers group. (They met after meetings for lunch and joked about how they “watched” as their “weight” went up!) After Michael retired from O-I, Irene and Michael moved to Chickasha, Okla., and lived there until Michael passed away in 2008 after 58 years of marriage. In 2009, Irene moved to Geneseo. In 2017, she moved into Good Samaritan Nursing Village, in Geneseo.

After Irene and Michael retired, they had calling cards printed with the phrase, “We have lived fully; We have loved well.” Michael and Irene certainly did!

She is survived by seven children, Michael III (Joie Zatko), of Schererville, Ind.; Mary, of Owatonna, Minn.; Regina (Al) Sutherland, of Chickasha, Okla.; Chris, of McCook, Neb.; Maureen (Robert) Hall, of Pfafftown, N.C.; John (Sally Lonsdale), of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and Marie (Kevin) Lillis, of Geneseo. She also is survived by 19 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Jr.; her parents, Anastazy S. and Janet (Jaskulska) Kotynski; and her brothers, Edward, Henry and George.