Irene L. (Hoyt) Kifer Zellis

08/07/1934 - 01/14/2020

Obituary for Irene L. (Hoyt) Kifer Zellis

Irene L. (Hoyt) Kifer Zellis, age 85, of North East passed away peacefully with family surrounding her on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at her residence. Irene was born in Erie, on Aug. 7, 1934, the daughter of the late Milton and Olive (Steinhoff) Hoyt.
She graduated from North East High School and later worked as a waitress at the Tic Toc restaurant in Kaufmann's Department Store and Jim & Nell's restaurant in Erie.
Irene attended the First Alliance Church in Erie.
She enjoyed family picnics, spending time with her children and grandchildren and going to McDonalds for morning coffee with her friends.
Irene was preceded in death by her first husband, Merle Kifer; second husband, John Zellis Sr.; son, John Kifer; brothers, Lloyd Hoyt, Milton Hoyt and Paul Hoyt; brother-in-law, Richard (Dick) Albert; granddaughter, Stacey Kifer; grandson, Benjamin Kifer and a nephew, Randy Albert.
She is survived by her sons; Richard Kifer (Anne) of Copperhill, Tenn., James Kifer (Dora) of North East, Daniel Kifer (Mina) of Erie, Steven Kifer (Linda) of Erie; daughters, Deborah Militello (Michael) of East Springfield, Robin Hanks (George) of Erie and Cynthia Shontz (Keith) of Union City; brother, Robert Hoyt (Betty) of North East; sisters, Katheryn Buss (Rich) of Fla. and Mary Albert of North East; sisters-in-law, Bonnie Hoyt of North East, Judith Hoyt of Wis. and Mary Hoyt Mantsch of North East; a daughter-in-law, June Kifer of Erie; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and her close friend, Leona Gregory. Services were held at the William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 South Lake Street, North East Officiating the service is Rev. Eric Leonard.
Interment will be held at North East Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Community Nursing Services of North East, 7 Park St., North East, PA 16428 or the North East Fire Department.
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