Lansing, Michigan.

Born October 1, 1919 in Traverse City,  Michigan, daughter of the late Carl and Blanche Simmon, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 20, 2014.

Irene was former President of Tamarack Senior Center; was an avid bowler and golfer; served for 17 years on the board of the Lansing Women’s Bowling Association and enjoyed attending her grandchildrens’ sporting events and family gatherings.

Survivors include her sons, Gary (Terry) Howell and Carl (Susan) Howell; her daughter-in-law, Sandra  Hellmann; her 9 grandchildren, Lori (Norm) DeClercq, Lisa (Mark) Green, Lee Howell, Lana Howell, Christi Pentecost, Cindy (Steve) Manko, Tod (Michele) Howell, Tom (Erica) Howell, and Tim Howell; 15 great grandchildren; her brother Thomas (Mary) Simmon; her special friend and caregiver, Terrie Wilder, along with many nieces, nephews and other extended family members.

Irene was preceded in death by her first husband, Roy Howell; second husband, Phil Dohm; son, Thomas Howell; sisters, Marion (Bill) Flynn and Jane (Don) Melton; brother, Sonny (Jane) Simmon and Jesse (Rose) Davenport, who was like a brother to her.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel with Pastor Michele Childs of Holt United Methodist Church officiating.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday from 4:00-7:00 p.m.  Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.

Those who wish, may make memorial contributions in Irene’s memory to Great Lakes Caring Hospice.

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5 Messages to “Blanche “Irene” Dohm (Howell)”

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    Karen walker Says:

    Sorry for yup lose I am living in Tx and wanted to say hello. Hope all is well with you two karen

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    Joanne (Simmon) Stansfield Says:

    Sorry to hear about Aunt Irene. So hard to lose those we have always looked up to in our lives. Wish I could be there to hug everyone. Thinking of you all today, Tuesday, as you bury your Mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, great-grandmother, friend. Lots of memories to share. Sending love and prayers.

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    Caroline Meckstroth (Dawn Flynn's Daughter) Says:

    Sorry to hear of the loss of Aunt Irene. My families thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

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    Karen Brown Says:


    I am so sorry to hear of your grandmother’s passing. I just found out about it today. Hopefully all of the good memories will help you and your family through this difficult time.



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    Anita Fawcett Says:

    Lori DeClercq,

    Sorry to hear of your grandmother’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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