Kathleen Ann (Cherry) Irwin

Born: Wed., Dec. 21, 1949
Died: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Dec. 14, 2017
Location: Shirley & Stout
Lincoln Road Chapel

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Dec. 15, 2017
Location: Shirley & Stout
Lincoln Road Chapel

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Kathleen Ann Irwin, 67, Kokomo, passed away at 6:57 am Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at St Vincent Hospital in Kokomo.  She was born December 21, 1949, in Camp Kilmer, New Jersey.  She was the daughter of the late John & Hazel (Sumpter) Cherry.  On February 12, 1982, in Burlington, she married James E. Irwin who preceded her in death on May 25, 2013. 

Kathleen was a 1968 graduate of Northwestern High School.  She retired in 1989 from Delco Electronics, where she had worked in assembly, and later wrote technical manuals.  Kathleen was a member of Bible Baptist Church, and had a love of prayer.  She had a passion for baking cookies and looked forward to spending “Cookie Days” with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  Kathleen made sure that friends and family’s special days were celebrated with stickers and cards.  

Kathleen is survived by her son, Jason (Michela) Phillabaum, Kokomo; stepsons, Jimmy (Chris) Irwin, Kokomo, Ronnie (Karen) Irwin, Noblesville, Bobby (Monica) Irwin, Westfield, and Jeff Irwin, Zionsville; grandchildren, Carrie Lahr, Codey Sattler, Clayton Phillabaum, Corbin Phillabaum, Charley Fischer, Carter Phillabaum, T.J. Fischer, Holly Irwin, Brady Irwin, Ben Irwin, Karly Irwin, Tiffany (Jacob) Barnes, Brianne (Brian) Dale, Avery Irwin, and Aliyah Irwin, along with 7 great-grandchildren; siblings, Patrick (Marquita) Cherry, Carolyn “Susie” (Michael) Beightol, and Dennis (Angela) Cherry; and sisters-in-law, Dianne Cherry, and Judy Cherry.

Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, Scott Phillabaum, brothers, John Cherry, Ronald Cherry, and Michael Cherry, and sister, Beverly Kniesly.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Friday, December 15, 2017, at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, 1315 West Lincoln Road, Kokomo, with Pastor Keith Treadway officiating.  Burial will follow in Albright Cemetery.  Friends are invited to visit with the family from 4-8 pm Thursday at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made in Kathleen’s memory to the Scleroderma Foundation, 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 105, Danvers, MA 01923.    Messages of condolence may be left online at www.shirleyandstout.com.  

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Valerie Oaks
   Posted Tue December 12, 2017
Please accept my heartfelt condolences. Kitty was a good friend in high school and though I moved away after graduation, I always think of her fondly.

Skip Name
   Posted Wed December 13, 2017
I'm so sorry to hear of Kitty's passing. I have so many fond memories of her when we were neighbors. My best to the family. Skip

Deb Abresch
   Posted Thu December 14, 2017
Sorry to hear of Kitty's passing, I always enjoyed seeing her when she came to visit her dad at his office.

Amanda Lewton
   Posted Thu December 14, 2017

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Tin Man Brewery.

Dianne Cherry
   Posted Thu December 14, 2017
I have always admired Kitty's strength and brave spirit. I will miss her and her cheerful cards that she would send for all occasions. She has been a wonderful sister. May she rest in peace.

With love from Dianne.

Paula Koppel
   Posted Thu December 14, 2017
I have fond memories of playing with my Aunt Kitty when we visited Grandma and Grandpa Cherry on the weekends. Only 10 years older than me, she was like a big sister. She was soft spoken, gentle, kind and generous. As the years passed, Aunt Kitty played an important role in bringing together the Cherry Family. I was especially grateful for her loving friendship with my mother (Dianne). Although Kitty and mom were sister-in-laws, my mother always told me she considered Kitty to be a full fledged sister.

Kitty will be missed but her kind spirit will be carried on by her many grandchildren who I know she adored.

John Name
   Posted Fri December 15, 2017
I was heart broken to learn of kitty's passing. She was always so kind and took time to talk to me when we were children. She and the entire Cherry family were such good neighbors. The world has lost a wonderful person. I will always cherish my childhood memories of her.

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