Irene Mae McNeely Brubaker

July 05, 1922 ‒ May 14, 2015

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD:  Irene Mae McNeely Brubaker, 92, of Mansfield passed away Thursday, May 14, 2015 in Winchester Terrace Nursing Home following a short illness.

The daughter of Floyd and Beulah (Hall) Bechtel, Irene was born July 5, 1922 and was graduated from Fredericktown High School in 1941.

Irene worked for the former White Westinghouse Company and also for Therm-O-Disc.

A lifelong area resident, she was a member of Mansfield Faith Assembly.  Irene absolutely loved to hear her great-great granddaughter, Shianna pray out load.

She enjoyed traveling.  Friendly and personable, Irene often greeted family, friends or acquaintances with a, “Hi Honey!” followed by a wink.    She loved to be surrounded by the laughter and the inviting noise of family parties.

She is survived by her sons Gary (Donna) McNeely, Ron McNeely, and Roger McNeely all of Mansfield; step children Larry Brubaker of Fredericktown and Connie (Richard) Millard of Lexington; grandchildren Michelle, Mindy, Carla, Amanda, Roger and Joanie; three step grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren; sister Doris (Rudy) Knapp of Mansfield and brother Dick (Jean) Bechtel of Vermillion; sister-in-law Betty Smollen of Mansfield; along with numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Along with her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband William McNeely in 1995, second husband Lester Brubaker in 2000; brother Wilbur Bechtel.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, May 19, 2015 from 1-3 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services will begin at 3 pm.  Burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park. Pastor Don Wilson will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to MedCentral Hospice may be made through the funeral home.

Irene’s tribute video may be viewed and online condolences to the family may be made by

  • Irene was a very special lady to us always greeted us with a hug and I love you.
    She will be greatly missed. Our deepest sympathy to the families.

  • Our heartfelt sympathy to you and all of your family. Thinking of you.
    Love Jim and Becki.

  • So sorry to here of the passing of Irene she was such sweet and loving mother in law so many memories of her and Bill with my mom and dad ( Mary and RIchard Staup) my condolences goes out to the family. Dave and Kim Freed

  • Doris, Dick and families, so sorry to hear of your sisters passing .
    Many blessings and prayers at this time of sorrow.

  • Doris. Dick. and families so sorry to here of Irenes passing. Such a kind and loving person. Much love, linda

  • To Irene ‘ s family.
    I got to know ur mom when she was a patient at Crystal Care Center back 08 or 09 . She n became very close . A memory I have was giving her first whirlpool bath after she got there and her hair started falling out . We both cred about it. Her because she wasn’t ready to lose it n me because I knew she wasn’t ready to lose it. I visited her at Park Village after she went home then after she moved to her place off Lexington ave. I hadn’t been able to get over to see her for a while . But I thought of her often. May God wrap his arms around the whole family during this difficult time .

    Linda Shawk

  • Doris and family…Sending my sincerest sympathy, as Irene was a special lady… knew her as a young person when we all attended Hilltop and then in later years after she married Les, we attended St Paul Lutheran and had breakfast every Sunday after church. Always a hug and a smile. Fond memories for all of us.

  • Gary & Donna,

    So sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. Please know that you are both in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Gary and Donna, Ronnie and Billy,

    So very sorry to hear about Aunt Irene. Mary Lou and I want you to know that you are all in our thoughts, and hoping you find comfort in knowing that she is at peace. Miss you guys, hoping to get home this summer. Big hugs from the New York Gang.
    Jilly Pooh and Meemee Lou

  • Dear Mindy & Karla,

    Sorry to hear about the loss of your Grandma McNeely. Sending my sympathy and prayers to you at this time of sorrow.