Irene P. Schallehn 89, passed away Sunday, November 23, 2014 at her home. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on July 7, 1925, she was the daughter of Raffaele and Antonetta Pastore. She was salutatorian of her graduating class at Ballston Spa High School and received her master’s degree from Albany State Teacher’s College.
Irene began her teaching career at Dolgeville Central Schools and later taught English at Ballston Spa High School for over 20 years, retiring in 1984. She was the first teacher awarded an honorary membership in the National Honor Society. Even after her retirement she received cards and letters from grateful students.
As a child, she was an actress in many local productions. She continued her acting through high school and college. Later, she directed plays at St. Mary’s School through the CYO Program.
Irene enjoyed hiking, vacationing in Maine and the family camp on Saratoga Lake. Her greatest joy was attending her grandchildren’s many activities.
She was predeceased by her husband Eugene, her brother Lucien Pastore and her sister Rose Miranda. Irene is survived by her children Bernie Schallehn (Alta) of Voorheesville, Mike Schallehn (Mary) of West Milton, and Gina Schallehn-Uebrick (Mark) of Ballston Spa; grandchildren Nikki Coleman (Joe), Karla Schallehn (Nathan Wojcik), Valerie Bonfey (Greg), Luc Schallehn, Walker Tedford, Brighton Tedford and Schallehn Tedford; great grandchildren Vanessa Coleman and Barrett Coleman; sisters Theresa Miranda of Ballston Spa and Florence Fountaine of Ballston Spa; brother Paul Pastore of Ballston Spa; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial mass will be held 9:30am Wednesday, November 26 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, November 25 from 5-7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the food pantry at Christ Episcopal Church, 15 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.