Irene S. Weitzell

CUYAHOGA FALLS – Irene S. Weitzell (nee Gowin), 92, of Cuyahoga Falls, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on August 17, 2020.

Irene was born on February 28, 1928, in New Washington, PA to Glen and Clara Gowin. She was raised in Thompsontown, PA, where she was so proud to have attended a one-room schoolhouse until later graduating from Westover High School in 1945. After graduation at the age of 17, she came to Akron looking for work. Her first job here was at the Palmer Match Co. in Barberton. Shortly after in July 1945, she met her husband, Randy, at a little diner on Front St. in Cuyahoga Falls called Kippy’s, he got her phone number and that’s when their love story began. After a 5-month engagement they were married on New Year’s Eve.

After getting married, Irene took a job at Dime Bank in downtown Akron where she began her career of 33 years. She followed all the mergers from Akron Dime Bank, Banc Ohio, National City Bank and finally PNC Bank where she retired from the State Rd. branch as the head teller. Irene and Randy have lived in Cuyahoga Falls their entire married life, raised their children, Larry and Diane here, and Randy retired from the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department as a lieutenant.

Irene and Randy have been members of Northwest Ave. Church of Christ for 28+ years.

Irene loved to travel, especially to Las Vegas or Atlantic City. She loved the excitement of the casinos!

Irene took a lot of pride in her family and making sure everyone was well-taken care of!

Irene is preceded in death by her son, Larry G. Weitzell, Sr. (2009).

She is survived by her loving husband of 75 years, Randy; her daughter Diane (Ric); her grandchildren, Larry (Anna), Stacey (Chris), and Kelley; great-grandchildren, Tyler, Chloe, Bradyn, and Makenna; her sisters, Nancy (Barry) and Carol (Kenny); her brother, Arthur (Ella); and many nieces and nephews, but one very special niece, Sissy (Carol Suderow), who meant a lot to her!

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Hospice of Western Reserve.

Visitation and services were held at Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home, 1930 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221.

In lieu of other remembrances memorials may be made to The Falls Cancer Club P.O. Box 3244 Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223. To view tribute video, send condolences or sign the guest book visit

Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home & Crematory, 330-928-2147.

Posted online on August 17, 2020