Irene S. Walraven, age 99, of Hockessin, DE died Wednesday, January 23, 2018 at home surrounded by her family.

Born to the late Stanislaw and Marcella Ziemak, in Jersey City, New Jersey, Irene was raised by her mother and step-father, John Dobrzynski when her father died at a young age. Irene worked at Allied Kid Company as a young woman, and after marrying Thomas Walraven in 1941, stayed home to raise their family. A gifted artist since birth, Irene re-discovered her artistic talents later in life and sold her paintings at various shows including the Brandywine Arts Festival, Art on the Green, and Dover Days. Her favorite media was watercolor.

Irene was predeceased by her husband Thomas, Sr. in 1994, and her great-grandson, Matthew. She is survived by her daughter Sandra Watkins and son Thomas Walraven, Jr. (Carolyn); grandchildren Amy Watkins (Larry DiMaio), Matthew Watkins (Melissa); great-grandchildren Devon, Dylan, Drew, and Kylie.

All services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Irene’s name to Seasons Hospice 220 Continental Dr. Suite 407, Newark, DE 19713.