Vanetta Jean Irwin
Jan. 24, 1932 – Oct. 10, 2021
Vanetta Jean Irwin, 89, of Osceola Mills, passed away Sunday at Windy Hill Village, Presbyterian Senior Living, Philipsburg, with some of her family by her side. She was born in Osceola Mills, daughter of the late Freeman and Mable V. (Wertz) Webster.
Vanetta was reunited with her husband, John P. “Jack” Irwin. They shared 71 years together until Jack’s death on July 5, 2018. They were married in North East on Sept. 1, 1950.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two daughters, Janeen Lynn (Jani) Irwin and Jill Irwin; two brothers, Jack Webster and Rodger Webster; and her beloved Pomeranians, Gingi, Meggi and Macy.
She is survived by a daughter, Katina Stephens and her husband, Caleb, of Osceola Mills; three sons: John J. “Jackie” Irwin of Curwensville, Todd F. Irwin of Osceola Mills and Craig A. Irwin and his wife, Diane, of Tipton; three grandchildren: Shane Irwin of Osceola Mills, Sarah Stephens of Osceola Mills and Latisha Carver, in Indiana; three great-grandchildren: Chase, Kussandra and Izziah; two sisters-in-law, Ruth Webster and Louise Irwin; a brother-in-law, Robert Irwin; and a step-grandson, Adam Fraser.
Vanetta loved her family, fought for their best interest and cooked for holiday parties. She enjoyed playing Scrabble, gardening, taking care of her flowers, vacationing in Maine and watching TV. She was instrumental in researching the Webster family tree online and organizing a giant Webster family reunion in 2002 at age 70.
She was a 1949 graduate of the Osceola Mills High School.
Vanetta owned a beauty shop in her house for many years and co-owned the Mapledale Trailer Court with Jack for more than 30 years.
She was a talented artist who began painting late in her life. Her artwork hung in art shows in Penn State Altoona, State College, Clearfield and various other places. Her art has adorned the walls of homes and offices around the area.
Vanetta and Jack were Penn State football season-ticket holders for many years. She loved watching Penn State football and Penn State wrestling. She was a big Philipsburg-Osceola wrestling and Philipsburg-Osceola softball fan, often going to home and away matches and games.
She attended the New Life Center in Philipsburg for many years. In fact, she was a member when the church was started. She also attended the Osceola Mills Presbyterian Church.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021; and from 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, at Heath Funeral Home & Cremation Services LLC, Osceola Mills. The Rev. John T. Dill will be officiating. Burial will take place at Umbria Cemetery, Osceola Mills.
To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.heathfuneral.com.