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Date published: 4/16/2014

Irene A. Tierney

In the early morning hours of March 24, 2014, Irene Ann (Rene) Tierney passed away peacefully of natural causes at home at the age of 97. She was a longtime resident of Triangle and most recently of Fredericksburg.

Irene was born in McKeesport, Pa., a suburb of Pittsburgh on April 15, 1916, the eldest of four children born of John and Anna Fedor.

She attended St. Brendan's Catholic School in Braddock, where she played varsity basketball and graduated with a teaching degree from California State Teachers College. She married her high school sweetheart, Bernard Tierney. As a young couple, they relocated to Triangle to start a restaurant business in Quantico. She was a founding member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish and the Altar Guild Society.

Irene opened Sharon Road School, a private first grade, in 1953, to serve the needs of area military and civilian children. The school served hundreds of children until its closing in 1970.

A lifelong walker, she became a competitor with the Virginia Senior Olympics and medaled in shot put and discus competitions for several years. Irene was also a House Delegate for the 52nd District as a member of the Silver-Haired legislature for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

She relocated to Texas in 1997, to live with her daughter and moved back to Virginia with the Notarnicola family in 2002, settling in Fredericksburg at the family's home of Autumns Gate Farm on the Ni River Reservoir. She was a member of both St. Patrick's and St. Matthew's parishes and continued her love of gardening and walking and visiting with the young riding students and their families. Irene enjoyed an active, full and loving life till taking to her bed in the family home only in recent years.

Irene always viewed life as a "cup half full" and never had a harsh word to say, but saw good in everyone. She touched hundreds of lives over her lifetime with very special impact on her nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bernard A. Tierney Sr.; sons Bernard A. Tierney Jr. and Paul R. Tierney; sister Dorothy Heatherington; and brother Robert Fedor.

Irene is survived by son Michael B. Tierney of Fredericksburg; daughters Maureen Abdelnour of Westchester County, N.Y., and Kathleen Notarnicola of Fredericksburg; and her sister, Mae Kaila of Fredericksburg; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will take place this Spring as the flowers she loved begin to bloom at Autumns Gate Farm.

Special thanks are extended to Elida Andrade for her nursing care and especially to Gloria "Cookie" Tribby of Fredericksburg, who was Irene's best friend and companion for the past five years and was loved and embraced as a third daughter.