R. Irene FletcherIrene Fletcher, of Trumansburg, passed away at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls on Tuesday, December 28, 2010, at the age of 92.

Born in Elmira on December 31, 1917, Irene was the daughter of William B. and Priscilla (Lewis) VanFleet. Growing up on her parent’s farm in Reynoldsville, Irene developed an affinity for nature. Throughout her school years, Irene’s deep-seated appreciation for God’s creation and the natural cycle of the planting and harvest flourished as she assisted her parents in the operation of their vegetable produce business.

Shortly after graduating from the Trumansburg High School in 1935, Irene fell in love with Theodore R. Fletcher. The couple were married on June 20, 1937 and made their home in the village of Trumansburg. Irene often made cardboard designs of the floor plans for their dream home. The early 40’s saw those dreams transform into reality as Irene, through prayer and determination, teamed up with Ted in the designing and building of their log home on Rt. 227. A few years later the operation center of their business “Fletchers Motor Express” was moved to that location. With Irene at the helm of the day-to-day operations, their business enjoyed steady growth. In 1963, “Fletchers Trailer Sales” was founded. Irene enjoyed working side by side with Ted and their son, Bill as the family business solidified a reputation for serving people, no matter what repair was needed. Handshakes meant more than contracts and the camaraderie in the shop was always warm and welcoming to those who stopped by.

At home, Irene’s busy hands were occupied with cooking scrumptious meals, embroidering magnificent keep-sakes and making and mending clothes. She was not shy about sharing her enjoyment of singing and dancing, surprising some by breaking out in spontaneous song and dance without warning. Memorable times were also created through their many camping excursions; especially in 1974 when they ventured to Mexico City with a caravan of campers.

Irene’s deep devotion to family was intertwined with a strong religious faith. Her bible, stuffed with notes marking meaningful passages and worn from frequent use, was always present around the house. Irene had enjoyed an active membership in the Calvary Baptist Church in Trumansburg for many years.

In addition to her parents, Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Ted; son, James;   daughter, Laurie; brother, Earl and sister, Thelma Harford. She is survived by a son, William J. (Denise) of Trumansburg; two grandchildren, Jason (Kim) Bailey and Marla Bailey; two great-grandchildren; brother, William VanFleet ; brother-in-law, Walter Harford and several nieces and nephews.

The family will be present to receive their friends from 2-4 pm on Sunday, January 2, 2010 at the Falls Restaurant in Trumansburg. Please dress comfortably and help celebrate the fullness of Irene’s life through the exchange of stories with one another.