March 29, 2018
Irene V. Wilson, 73, of Brownville passed away at her home on Thursday, March 29, 2018.
Irene was born in Poland on August 6, 1944, daughter of Stefan and Anna Powlski Varakuta. Her family fled Poland when Irene was just 5 years old and came to the United States. She attended high school in Massena and graduated from SUNY Cortland where she received her Masters Degree in education. A marriage to Roy E. Wilson ended in divorce.
She began her career as a reading specialist and second grade teacher in Clinton, NY. While there, she was a member of the Junior League of Utica, helping underprivileged children. In 1985, she and her two children relocated to Watertown where she served as principal at Knickerbocker Elementary School, Ohio Street School and North Elementary School. She retired in 2014 after 36 years in education.
There was nothing more important to Irene than her family and making an impact on the lives of the many students she encountered. Irene was very civic minded and served on numerous boards, councils and organizations throughout her career and in retirement. An avid reader, Irene was an advocate for Watertown Education Association Little Libraries.
She is survived by her two children, Shelby L. Morgia and husband, John E., Black River and Steven R. Wilson, Holly Springs, NC; two grandchildren, Bailey A. Wilkinson and Kendall McDaniel; two brothers, Alex Varakuta and long time companion, Sandra Noyes, Massena and Russell Varakuta, London, England; one niece, Nicola Varakuta, and one nephew, Tristan Varakuta.
Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Tuesday, April 3rd, from 4 - 7PM. There will be no funeral service and burial will be at the convenience of her family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Irene V. Wilson Scholarship Fund, c/o the Northern New York Community Foundation, 131 Washington Street, Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to her family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.