Irene Sabina “Blondie” Taylor | 87
Irene Sabina “Blondie” Taylor, 87, of Silver Creek Terrace, formerly of 329 Walnut Street, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 20, 2021.
She was born on Good Friday, April 14, 1933, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Peter P. and Irene Leona Fritz Straub. Blondie was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, class of 1950. She continued her education, graduating with high honors in 1953 from Georgetown School of Nursing. She started her nursing career at the Georgetown University Hospital, completing her BSN degree, also with high honors, in 1956. She then moved back to St. Marys.
Her career in St. Marys began when she started the Industrial Nursing program at Pure Carbon Company and then worked in several departments at Andrew Kaul Memorial Hospital. Over two decades of her nursing was with the Community Nurses, where she provided expert care in many patients’ homes and eventually took on leadership positions in the organization. She retired in 1998.
On June 13, 1964, in the Queen of the World Church, Irene married Robert L. Taylor, who preceded her in death on March 7, 2010.
She is survived by three sons, Father Paul R. Taylor O.S.B. of Latrobe, PA, Lawrence L. “Larry” Taylor and his wife Maureen of Ellicott City, MD, and Robert E. “Bert” Taylor and his wife Jennifer of Crofton, MD; seven grandchildren, James, Emily, Ryan, Zachary, Owen, Madeline and Nicholas Taylor; by one sister Joan Smith of St. Marys; by three brothers: Herbert J. Straub (Irene) of St. Marys, Victor C. Straub (Dolores) of St. Marys, John M. Straub (Sylvia) of St. Marys.
In addition to her husband and parents, Blondie was preceded in death by four sisters: Mary Grace Simbeck, Carol Williams, Elizabeth A. “Betty” Bosnik, and Mary Straub, in infancy, two brothers Peter V. Straub and Jerome P. Straub.
Blondie was an active member of the Sacred Heart Church, where she was a member of the choir, Respect Life and RCIA. In her lifetime she was a member of all three parishes and choirs, leading the Queen of the World Choir. She was on the board of directors for the Community Nurses and a member of the Nurses Study Club and Nurses Honor Guard, was a founding member of the Shade Tree Commission, and a founding member of the Book Club for over 55 years.
She loved creating a home with her family, especially her sons and grandchildren. She loved spending time at Bear Run, whether it was for a family party, a quick swim, a beer on the patio or a family workday. She looked forward to attending events at Saint Vincent. She enjoyed travel with family and good friends. She made attending daily Mass a priority.
When Larry and Bert asked her how to have a family and home as good as ours, Irene said with confidence that there were three priorities: “Love them. Feed them. And want them around.”
Due to COVID-19 restrictions the family will hold a private visitation at the Funeral Home.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at noon, with Father Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B., her son, presiding. The Mass will also be livestreamed, please use the link below to access the Mass for Blondie:
The family will have a Mass and Celebration of Life later this year, when we can all gather together safely.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Irene S. Taylor Scholarship Fund, Saint Vincent College, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650 or to one’s charity of choice.