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Carmen Irizarry

July 20, 1932 ~ November 13, 2021 (age 89)

Obituary

Memorial for Carmen Irizarry

Carmen Irizarry was born in 1932 in Bayaney, just outside of Hatillo, Puerto Rico.  Although her mother died during childbirth in 1933, a loving stepmother raised Carmen along with her four siblings.  In 1948, Carmen came to Sunset Park, Brooklyn to live with her sister-in-law, Josephine who was married to Carmen’s oldest brother Francisco (Paquito) Delgado.  Aunt Josephine opened her heart and home to the 16-year-old farm girl who didn’t speak a word English, but was a fast learner.  While living with Josephine, Carmen learned to cook Italian food and learned to speak some functional Italian from Josephine’s grandmother. Carmen is forever grateful to Aunt Josephine for her guidance, warmth and generosity. In 1949, Carmen married and had a baby boy named Alexander Domenech in July 1950. In 1954 she divorced and became a single mother working two jobs while raising her son, Alex. In 1956 she met a dashing, yet humble Puerto Rican from Hatillo, Puerto Rico named Angel Irizarry and on 9/1/1956 they married.  Angel raised Alex as his own and has always considered Alex to be his own son and Alex always considered Angel his father. In 1961 Carmen and Angel had their second son, Miguel and in 1967 Alex enlisted in the U.S. Army. He went on to see action in Vietnam where he was injured.  He was honorably discharged in 1976 and went on to become a funeral director while becoming the father of four successful children. In the meantime, Carmen and Angel experienced the joy of Miguel’s marriage to Gail Mercader and the tragedy of the untimely sudden death of Alex.  Although Alex’s death changed her life forever, as no parent should ever bury a child, she persevered.  She lived through the untimely deaths of her siblings and two of her nephews. Carmen enjoyed life having traveled to Europe twice and frequently visited her native Puerto Rico.  She was very social, kind, nurturing, wise, generous, perceptive and provided unconditional love to her family members, and held her friends in high esteem. Her friends loved her and she loved them back. Carmen lived the American dream of home ownership, successful children, loving grandchildren, a loving goddaughter, and hard working nieces and nephews.  Although she was occasionally critical of our life style choices, she was enormously proud of us all and loved us unconditionally. There is so much more that I could express about the love story that Carmen and Angel created for themselves and all those around them.  But there’s never enough time. Hers, is a life well lived. She will forever be in our hearts.

From your loving son, Miguel (Mikey) 

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Services

Visitation
Thursday
November 18, 2021

3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
De Riso Funeral Home
5012 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11220

Final Farewell
Friday
November 19, 2021

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
De Riso Funeral Home
5012 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11220

Mass of Christian Burial
Friday
November 19, 2021

9:30 AM
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
526 59th St, Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn, NY 11220

Interment
Friday
November 19, 2021

11:30 AM
Calvary Cemetery
49-02 Laurel Hill Blvd
Woodside, NY 11377

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