Sr. Irene made her religious profession June 24, 1941. On the teaching staff of St. Scholastica Academy and later at St. Anne’s High School, both in Fort Smith, she taught mathematics, physics, and science. She also served the community as Secretary-Treasurer from 1972-1992.

She is survived by a sister, Imogene Stec of Fort Smith; a brother, Herman Verkamp of Charleston; nieces and nephews; and her sisters in community.