Irene C. Young, a World War II Army veteran who retired as chief property clerk of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, died Tuesday in Millard Fillmore Hospital, Buffalo, after a long illness. She was 87.
Born Irene Jarlenski in Detroit, she graduated from Niagara Falls High School in 1937. She was a graduate of Bryant & Stratton Business Institute, where she earned an associate's degree in business administration. She also studied at Canisius College.
During World War II, she enlisted in the Army and served as a technician fifth grade with the 70th Reinforcement Depot. After the war, Mrs. Young re-enlisted in the Army Reserve and served until 1957. She rose to the rank of sergeant first class.
From 1946 until 1952, Mrs. Young worked as a timekeeper for Carborundum Co., then became chief property clerk at the air base, serving in that capacity until she retired in 1986.
A Town of Niagara resident, Mrs. Young was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church and its Bereavement Committee. She also was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
A dog fancier, Mrs. Young was an SPCA volunteer and also volunteered for the American Red Cross.
Her husband, Clinton E., died in 1978.
Survivors include two sisters, Amelia Walsh and Joanne Candy, and a brother, Daniel Jarlenski.
A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1055 N. Military Road.