Irene K. Jones, formerly Irene Kovalevich from Hanover Township passed away peacefully on December 22, 2019. Born May 15, 1928 Irene was the daughter of Samuel and Mary Kovalevich.
Irene graduated from Hanover High School and lived in the Korn Krest section of Hanover Township as a child and later in the Buttonwood Section in the early years of her marriage. Irene enjoyed school and was an excellent student. She also loved the dances at San Souci Park and Harvey’s Lake where she met her future husband, Joseph J. Jones of Wilkes Barre.
Irene married Joe on August 30, 1958 and they enjoyed a full life together. The couple lived in Lisbon, Portugal in the early 1960’s while Joe was on assignment for United States Steel during the building of the Vasco De Gama Bridge over the Tagus River. Irene hosted several family members and friends in Portugal creating once in a lifetime memories for many. Always a devoted wife and loving aunt, Irene kept an immaculate home and never missed an opportunity to send a card or gift to nieces, nephews and family members. While abroad Irene kept in touch with personally handwritten letters, often about how much she enjoyed Portugal but always about how much she loved her family.
Irene and Joe returned to the United States and lived in Mt. Lebanon, a suburb of Pittsburgh, until the early 1990’s when they retired and returned home to Hanover Township.
Irene is survived, by many nieces and nephews and was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph J. Jones, brothers and sisters: Ruth K. Smith, Donald Koval, Emma Kovalevich Traher, Mary Kovalevich, Michael Kovalevich, Paul Kovalevich, John Kovalevich, Helen Rowinski, Helen Wyland, Joseph Zalasko, and Ann Hughes
The family wishes to acknowledge and thank the staff at the Meadow Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Assisted Living Center and Drs. Mark Puffenberg and Alan Boonin for their compassionate care for Irene.
Arrangements will be made by Richard H. Disque Funeral Home, 2940 Memorial Highway, Dallas, Pa. and private services will be held at the convenience of the family.
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