Irene Bezine

Resided in Rapid River, MI
Died July 14, 2009

Irene Mary “Peto” Bezine, age 85, of 10570 North Main Street, Rapid River, passed away Tuesday July 14, 2009, at the Christian Park Village where she has resided for the past one and one half years.
Irene was born, February 11, 1924, at the old LaBresh homestead, in Perkins (where the Mid Peninsula School is currently located) to Andrew and Irene (Delmont) LaBresh. She was raised and attended school in Perkins until the eleventh grade, at which time, Irene and her family relocated to Gwinn where she graduated from the Gwinn High School. Following high school, Irene met her future husband while working in New Jersey after WWII. On April 22, 1948, Irene was united in marriage to Nicholas Bezine and together they made their home and began their family in Patterson, New Jersey. In 1954 the couple relocated to Rock, MI residing in the area until Nick passed away in June of 1994. Irene then moved to Rapid River where she remained until her health began to fail. Irene was a member of the Rapid River Congregational Church. She loved working as a foster grandparent for the Rapid River School System and knitting slippers for her family and friends.

Irene leaves to survive:

Daughter: Vickie (Jack) Herrick of Rapid River, MI

Grandson: Jack Herrick Jr. of Byers, CO

Special Niece: Diane (Patrick) Christenson of Little Lake, MI

8 nieces and nephews and many cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Irene, her husband, Nicholas, sister, Betty Jacobson, brothers, Andrew LaBresh Jr. and Joseph LaBresh.

Funeral services celebrating the life of Irene Mary “Peto” Bezine will be conducted Monday, July 20, 2009, at 5:00PM, at the Rapid River Congregational Church, with Pastor William Rafuse officiating. Luncheon will follow in the church fellowship hall.

0 Tributes for “Irene Bezine

    Sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Have thought of your family when driven passed your former home in Rock…when your family had it, it always looked storybook-like, bright and cheery! Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Gary and Liz (Lepisto) Lauscher
    West Palm Beach, FL

    I was sorry to hear about Cousin Peto’s passing. You have my heart-felt sympathy. I remember she and Nick when I was growing up in Green Bay and when they would come to visit with Grandma & Grandpa Delmont. He was always such a fun guy and she was as sweet as could be.

    I would like to attend the services, but that might not be possible because we have our son, Mike, and family visiting from Detroit until Wednesday. If I don’t make it, know that I am with you in thought and prayer. So sorry. Love you all.

    Wayne Dausey
    Munising, MI

    As a young girl I would visit with Irene when she lived in Rapid River. She had a wonderful spirit and I still think of her often, she had a love for her family she talked very lovingly about you, and I am sure all of the kids she helped at the school will miss her too.

    Sarah Lambert
    Westminster, CO

    To the family of Irene,

    Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved one. May it comfort you to know that God is with you during this sad time.

    As an aide at Christian Park Village, I found Irene to be a very pleasant and appreciative resident. She talked proudly of her life and the small family that she had. Her presence at the nursing home will certainly be missed.

    “It is only for a while that we must part—so bless the memories within your heart.”

    With Caring Thoughts and Prayers

    Kathy Grill
    Nurse Aide @Christian Park Village
    Escanaba, MI


    I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. She sure lived a great, long life. My mom was 85 also.
    My deepest sympathy to you.


    Jan Sczytko
    Detroit, MI

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