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Irene C. Hannan


Irene C. Hannan (nee Riley), age 92, of Wayne, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 while in the presence of her loving family.

She was born in Paterson to Frank and Clara Riley. She graduated from St Mary’s High School with the Class of 1943 and has lived in Wayne for the past sixty-eight years.

After graduating from High School, Irene went to work in a grocery store for a couple of years. During her employment there a women by the name of Mary Hannan stopped in the store frequently to buy daily groceries. She thought that Irene was a lovely young lady and asked her if she would be interested in meeting her son William Hannan. Eventually Irene agreed to the meeting and as fate would have it they fell in love and were married shortly after the Second World War on December 26, 1948. They were married in Lady of the Lourdes RC Church in Paterson. They lived together in Paterson for a couple of years then in 1950 they moved to Wayne. It wasn’t long after they got married that Irene dedicated her life to a rewarding and noble career of a homemaker. Wayne is where they would call home and raise their six adoring children. William and Irene cherished fifty-two years of loving and loyal marriage together until William’s passing in January of 2000.

Irene loved to cook and was an extraordinary baker. Her family remembers many large family holiday dinners together throughout the years. Irene was also dedicated to her Roman Catholic Faith and was a parishioner of Saint Mary’s RC Church, Pompton Lakes for many years. Aside from her cooking and baking and other interests, Irene’s greatest love was for her family. She was a devoted Wife, Mother, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother. Irene touched the lives of many people and she will be sincerely missed by her family and friends alike.

She was the loving wife of the late William J. Hannan, Sr. (2000); devoted mother of Marie Cioletti and her husband Kenneth of Wayne, Patricia Popovich and her husband John of Wayne, Irene Graham of Franklin Lakes, Mary Boughton and her husband Scot of Wayne, William J. Hannan, Jr. and his wife Susan of Franklin, and James Hannan of Wayne; cherished grandmother of twelve grandchildren; Jonathan, Michael, Jason, Matthew, Jeff, William, David, Elyse, Taylor, Barbara, Sarah, and James; loving great-grandmother of; Lina, Gabby, Jackson, Caydence, Kaia, Matthew, Jonathan, Ava, and Mia. She was predeceased by her sisters Lillian Riley and Grace Riley, and her brothers Frank Riley, Charles Riley, and James Riley.

Friends may visit with the family from 4-8PM on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Rd., Wayne.

Funeral services will be held 8:30AM on Friday, July 21, 2017 from the funeral home then to Saint Mary’s RC Church, 17 Pompton Ave., Pompton Lakes where a 9:30 AM Funeral Mass will be celebrated.

Interment will be in Christ the King Cemetery, Franklin Lakes.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations to Saint Mary’s Church, Special Needs Ministry, 17 Pompton Ave., Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442 would be greatly appreciated.

Guest Book


Aunt Irene was the personification of True Grit. She was a strong yet humble woman. I loved her and will miss her.

Claire Riley Geier


Dear Mary and Family, Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of you. Your mother was blessed with so many cherished moments and led a full life! A favorite memory of the beloved Mrs. Irene Hannan is the warmth of her smile and her gentle manner whenever we met. May her love for her family and the wonderful memories created bring all of you comfort and peace during this difficult time. Our thoughts, prayers and hearts are with you. With love, Dianne, Rich, Krystal, Tiffany, and Michael Thumann

Dianne Thumann


Aunt Irene was one of the kindest people I have ever met. She was loving and nurturing. When my mother, her sister-in-law died, she wrote me the most beautiful note that I have kept and treasured for 40 years. She was the epitome of what we now call "the Greatest Generation." You're with the gang now Aunt Irene. Rest In Peace.

Mary Grace Riley


You and your family are in my prayers. May God provide you comfort through this difficult time.

Sonia Fennell


I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in your family and friends during this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Michelle Finkel


Aunt Irene was a role model to everyone who had the privilege of knowing and loving her. She epitomized grace while simultaneously embodying absolute strength and determination to overcome the obstacles that life throws along one's path. Aunt Irene's ability to rise above the most challenging of situations and continue to rally her family to "carry on" was just one of her outstanding characteristics. Her warm, loving smile and ability to tell stories about long ago with such fine detail, will always be fondly remembered. Aunt Irene's extreme dedication to her family was nothing short of spectacular. She will be greatly missed but FOREVER LOVED and REMEMBERED. We are all better people for having been blessed to be her family. My sincerest of sympathies to all of you, for this great loss.

Colleen Sexton-Zaccaria


We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kathy and Joe Natoli


Sorry to hear of your dear Mom's passing. She was very pleasant and loving and it was a joy to know her. It was a pleasure to be a cousin of such a wonderful extended family! God bless you all!

Ruth-Ellen Smith

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