Irene Marie Horback

Irene Marie Horback

September 19, 1922 - July 20, 2006

Irene Marie Horback

September 19, 1922 - July 20, 2006


Irene M. Horback nee Croteau

Born September 19, 1922 in Fall River, MA, was the eldest of twelve children to Herman and Yvonne Croteau. She lived most of her life in Southern California. Forever sunny and bright, she never met a stranger. She was considered ?Mom? to the retired stewardesses of Clipped Wings in both Los Angeles and O.C. Chapters since 1976. Predeceased by her husband of 47 years, Albert J. Horback.

In 1998, Irene made the transition from the San Fernando Valley to Lake Forest in a very short time. Living across the street from her daughter, Jean Horback Adams, she delighted in attending movies, conventions, events and anything with fun-loving people. Everyone who knew her marveled at how you she looked for being 83 years old. She was broadsided by a car on El Toro Road and died instantly. Tragic.

She leaves on son, Glen of Lone Tree, CO; six brothers and three sisters, on both coasts.

Irene blossomed whenever around her four grandchildren, Craig of Orange, CO, Kyle of Colorado, Kimberly and Kristina of Alameda. Her life changed many, and she will be forever remembered.

A Visitation will be held on Friday, July 28, 2006 ~ 7:00 P.M. at O’Connor Laguna Hills Mortuary, Laguna Hills, California.

Please join us in celebrating Irene’s life by sharing your memories of her.

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52 responses to Irene Marie Horback

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  1. Kim Horback says:

    She was a great, fun loving grandmother, someone you always wanted to be around, and share endless stories with. This world will be a bit dimmer without her warm and bright presence to light us all up.
    I love you Grandma Irene!!

  2. The room was a brighter place, the world was a sunnier place, and laughter surrounded Little Irene. We will miss her presence, and she will remain in our hearts forever.

    Rock and Carolyn Plumley
    LAX Clipped Wings

  3. JMA & Craigadore, I am so sorry for your loss. I know first hand that words from others don’t take away the pain and the suffering as you grieve this precious loss. But, I also know first hand *Mom left this world only last November* that it helps to know people care about you, and I love you very much and I know your Mom has gone to be with my Mom in a WONDERFUL place, with God and all his wisdom and beauty on the “other side”> In deepest sorrow and sympathy, Myrna

  4. Jeanne and Glen: We are so very sorry to hear of Irene’s tragic accident. I will always remember her smile and sense of humor. She just lit up the room when she was in it. Dick always will remember when you and Irene were with us decorating the Stroud’s two Christmas trees with all those huge, beautiful Christmas ornaments. When he asked if there were anymore ornaments, he heard this voice behind a stack of boxes say, “ornaments, ornaments, do we have ornaments, we have ornaments up the “gigi”. Irene was always a part of all Clipped Wings activities and we all thought of her as just “one of the girls”. She will be sadly missed. God Bless you and your family.

  5. Irene was one of the best friends that I ever had. She was always so jolly and so friendly, she made us all feel good when we were around her. She’s going to be sadly missed by everyone who knew her.

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