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N. Irene LoriganN. Irene Lorigan, 92, of Kittanning, PA, passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital.
She was born April 24, 1921 in Cadogan, PA, the daughter of Isadore John Buff and Cora Elizabeth (Hedglin) Thomas Buff.
Irene graduated from Ford City High School in 1938 and received her Bachelor's degree from Wheaton College in Illinois. She later completed her graduate work at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Slippery Rock University. Irene was a Latin and English teacher in the Armstrong School District for 30 years. She began her teaching career in Dayton High School but retired from Kittanning High School in 1986. Irene was a member of the First Baptist Church of Kittanning, Armstrong County Retired Teachers Association and Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees. Reading, sewing and working on crafts were her favorite hobbies and she loved camping and being outdoors. Irene also enjoyed researching her family's history and ancestry, and she loved singing and playing the piano.
She will be greatly missed by her daughters, Colleen Cotherman and husband, Steve, of Harmony, and Lanna K. Shaw, of Kittanning; grandchildren, Sean Cotherman, Jeffrey Cotherman, Ryan Lorigan and wife, Sarah, Kevin Shaw and Kelli Burlett and husband, Nick; great-granddaughters, MaKenna Lorigan and Madison Irene Burlett; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Irene was preceded in death by her parents; son, Gary A. Lorigan; and brothers, T. Charles "Chappie" Thomas, Dr. John W. Thomas, Dr. Howard E. Thomas and C. Joseph Buff.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 7-9 PM on Friday, March 28, 2014 at the Bauer Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 515 North McKean Street, Kittanning, PA.
Additional visitation will be from 10 AM until the time of funeral services at 11 AM on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the First Baptist Church of Kittanning, 334 Arch St., Kittanning, with the Rev. David R. Skinner officiating.
Burial will be in Ford City Cemetery, Ford City, PA.
Contributions can be made in Irene's honor to the First Baptist Church of Kittanning, 334 Arch St., Kittanning, PA 16201.
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