Irene “Rene” Austin, 91, longtime resident of Glassport, passed away peacefully on July 25, 2017 at Overlook Green Personal Care Home in Whitehall. She was born April 22, 1926 in Rankin to the late Michael and Annie Siri Yobak. Irene was the beloved wife of 56 years to the late Charles W. Austin who passed away in 2007. She is survived by children, Deborah (Rege) Ford of North Strabane, Chuck (Tracey) Austin of North Huntingdon, Cheryl Austin of Highland Park, and Jim (Laurie) Austin of Elizabeth. Irene was the proud grandmother to grandsons, Patrick (Kara) Ford, Matthew Ford, Joel Austin, Jordan Austin, Seth Austin and Grant Austin. She is also survived by her sister, Nancy (Dan) Justice of Ft. Washington, MD and dog Sari. Along with her parents and husband, Irene was preceded in death by sisters, Mary Yobak, Ann Veronick; and brother Andrew Yobak. She was an avid reader, loved spending time with her late husband at Playland Campgrounds in Cochranton, enjoyed fishing for walleye and bass at Tamarack Lake, and enjoyed playing cards. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Judes Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, 1 N Linden St, Duquesne, PA 15110. Family and friends will be received on Friday July 28, 2017 from 2 – 6 pm at E. C. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 235 Monongahela Avenue, Glassport, PA 15045. A service will take place at the funeral home on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 10:00 am followed by interment at Round Hill Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com
Originally published July 26, 2017.