Irene Helen Plastino, 96

September 10, 1924 - October 07, 2020

Irene Helen Plastino, 96, of Lititz, Pa. died peacefully on October 7, 2020 of natural causes.

Irene was born on September 10, 1924 to Dr. Edward and Madeline Hudson in East Berlin, Pa. After graduating from high school in Gettysburg, Pa., Irene headed to California where she served her country by working as a civilian at a Long Beach military facility. Upon her return to Gettysburg Irene attended Gettysburg College on a scholarship. It is there Irene met her husband, Paul C. Plastino and they were wed on May 31, 1947 going on to have five children.

Irene and Paul relocated to Lancaster in 1950, where Irene embraced her role as a mother. She did so with exceptional listening skills, amazing organization and a strong sense of humor. She thoroughly enjoyed the childhood and adolescent antics of her children, in particular those of her four sons. There was always lots of laughter and music in this loving home.

During the child rearing years, Irene volunteered on various committees at her children’s school. In her middle years, she fully committed to helping open Manos House, an addiction treatment center in Lancaster County which is still open today.

Irene was also a business woman who handled payroll for her husband’s businesses. Later in life, she became a successful furniture sales person at his retail furniture store.

Early in the morning before her day started, and in the evening, you would find Irene reading, in particular books on art, history and geopolitics. Irene was a well-informed individual and at Irene and Paul’s dinner parties you would often hear Irene discussing and debating current events. Irene’s love of books carried well into her later years.

Irene was predeceased by her parents, her three siblings, Edward, Katherine and Mary Jane, her husband, Paul, her son, Paul Jr., and her son-in-law, Blaise Minns. She is survived by four of her children, Theresa Plastino, John Plastino (Gayle Materna), David Plastino, and Joseph Plastino (Lezlie); her nine grandchildren, Elizabeth, Daniel, Sarah (Adam Stern), Natalie, Joseph, Samantha, Julianna, Lynzee (Hunter Kurtz), and Logan; and her great grandson, Max Plastino Stern.

Irene will be missed by those who loved her but will always be remembered as the remarkable woman she was.

Private Services will be livestreamed on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 11:00 AM, or within two hours. Please visit Mrs. Plastino’s obituary at to view the livestream.

Please omit flowers, and kindly consider a memorial contribution to St. John Neumann Catholic School, 601 E. Delp Road, Lancaster, Pa. 17601.

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October 17, 2020

Dear Terry, John, David & Joe and family.
I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. The service and your honoring of her were so beautiful and brought back so many memories and happy times with a very special woman, my adopted Aunt Rene. Talking about her humor brought echoes of her voice and laugh right into the present. She really was always special to me. My deepest condolences to each of you.  Thank you for sharing and love to all of you. Denise 

October 17, 2020

Our sincere condolences to the Plastino family for the loss of their dear mother, Irene.  She was a lovely lady and a joy to know.  We shared many happy memorable times with she and Paul over the years.  Thank you for allowing us and others to share in her service thru the live streaming of it.  During these times it makes it possible to pray for all and say goodby, until we meet again. Love and Prayers for all the family.   John and Mickey Corcoran 

October 17, 2020

Beautiful ceremony. Sorry we couldn’t be there. Love to the family.
Barb and Bill

October 17, 2020

We were so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing.  She is now with her heavenly Father and her other beloved family members.  We had so many fun times with Paul & Irene and your family on the many great carpet padding trips.  We’ll always remember the trip to Greece where the boys all purchased coonskin caps and insisted on wearing them for the official trip photo – much to Irene’s chagrin.  That story is just one of the many we recall at times like this.  May all the wonderful memories you have of your Mother comfort you now and always.  Our Love & Condolences to You All, Joe & Debbie Giambalvo

October 15, 2020

Dear Terry,
Very sorry for your loss.  Mother’s always have our backs and continue to live on in our hearts and memories for as long as we live.
In Christ’s love,
Linda Weaver Hershey

October 15, 2020

Irene was a wonderful woman.  During my teenage years, she welcomed me into her home, and always had an encouraging story to share.  My thoughts and prayers are with her family, as they deal with the loss of their beloved mother.
Mary Anne Cassidy Pisano

October 14, 2020


October 14, 2020

Our sincere condolences to the Plastino family during these, already difficult, times.  Peace and Love.  Ned and family.  

October 13, 2020

Steve, Julie and I send our love and express our deepest sympathies to your entire family.
We adored our sweet Aunt Irene and will cherish so many precious memories of her.
We extend both our love to you and prayers for peace and comfort.
We would be honored to make a donation in her name to the Saint John Neumann school.
We will remember her always and fondly.
All our love
Steve Bowermaster
Julie Bowermaster Weigle, Jerry and Zachary Weigle
Janice Bowermaster Verhoek and Les Verhoek

October 13, 2020

My deepest sympathy to the Plastino family on the passing of a wonderful lady. She has joined her beloved husband Paul in God’s arms.
Rest in peace Irene.
Jack and Bonnie Whalen

Saturday, October 17, 2020
11:00 AM
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