Irene Kilianek Brigante

Irene Kilianek Brigante, 92, of Erie, passed away Sunday, January 5, 2020 at her residence. She was born May 25, 1927 in Erie, a daughter of the late Frank and Anna Kilianek.

She worked as a dietitian at UPMC Hamot.

Irene was known for having a sweet tooth and loved snacking on candy and also watching her TV "soaps" but, more than anything, she loved spending time with her family.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Michael Brigante, four brothers, and three sisters.

She is survived by her four daughters, Judy Smith (John) of Ft. Wayne, IN, Kathy Traczenski (James), Michele Brigante, and Linda Brown all of Erie; sister-in-law, Nancy Kilianek of Erie; and eight grandchildren. She is also survived by nine great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call at the John R. Orlando Funeral Home, Inc., 2122 Raspberry Street, on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the prayer service there at 11:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Saint Paul Church, 1617 Walnut Street, at Noon. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2115 West 38th Street, Erie, PA 16508.

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