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Irene Lynn Dougert (nee Fleitell) was born on January 11, 1959 in Newark, NJ. She passed away on June 23, 2019.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 from 3 to 6 PM at Higgins and Bonner Echo Lake Funeral Home, 582 Springfield Ave., Westfield
Irene grew up in the lronbound section of Newark with her parents, Lydia and Paul, sister Myra and bother Sanford. She graduated from East Side High School and went on to earn a degree in Economics from Montclair State University.
Her early initial career took her from Bamberger's/Macy's and then on to the lighting industry. Later, after starting a family she worked as a para-professional in the Westfield, NJ school system for many years.
Irene married Francis Dougert in 1987 and moved to Westfield in 1991 where she bore two sons, Nicholas and Andrew. Irene was always deeply involved in their formative years whether it was school, activities or just guiding them through the events in their lives
Irene was very family oriented, loved celebrating the holidays and all the associated pomp - decorating the house. hosting family dinners, keeping traditions alive, and just making sure all were welcome and accommodated.
Irene loved the beach, outdoors, visiting friends and family and looking out for those around her. Her sense of style and personal appearance was impeccable. She set high standards for cleanliness and order without being overbearing to those around her.
Many people were touched by her kindness, generosity, understanding and compassion. She led by example and was renowned for her dependability, loyalty and effort to anyone requesting her assistance. On the rare occasions when she reached out to friends and family for help, the outpouring of support and assistance she was offered was incredible - a genuine testament of the love, respect and gratitude from others.
Besides her husband Francis, sons Nicholas and Andrew, she is survived by many family members and friends.
Her absence from this world will be felt for a long time by those who knew her well. May she rest in peace knowing that she made the world a better place and her actions in life positively affected so many around her.