Irene Buell

Obituary of Irene V. Buell

VALATIE - Irene V. Buell, 86, of Valatie, passed away on Friday, August 13, 2021, at Columbia Memorial Hospital. She was born on January 3, 1935, in Hudson, New York, to the late Vivian (Edwards) and Theodore Pinkowski. Irene is survived by her beloved husband of 67+ years Leo Buell of Valatie; daughter Cindy Buell of Atlanta; brother Robert Pinkowski of Claverack; as well as numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her brothers Theodore, Ronald, David, and Joseph Pinkowski.

Irene was a very hard worker and held many jobs in her lifetime, in addition to being a dedicated homemaker for her family. She was an avid volunteer (Caring Together, Columbia Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Kinderhook Elks, etc.) and was always finding ways to contribute to her community and those less fortunate. She loved animals (cats in particular) and cared deeply for the many strays that she adopted. Her kind heart was broken many times by these precious beings, and she would not have had it any other way. She was feisty and had a quick wit (even when ill) that surprised and delighted many over the years. She had an empathetic heart that embraced all who crossed her path and was a champion for the underdog. She will live on as an inspiration to all of us who knew and loved her.

The family is grateful to the staff on the sixth floor of Columbia Memorial Hospital for providing such compassionate care to Irene and her family during her final days. They would also like to thank the staff at Pine Haven Care Center for their loving care and support of Irene (Leo and Cindy) over her stay there.

Irene was a 27-year Ovarian Cancer survivor (Dr. Kredentser’s miracle) and an advocate for those impacted by this terrible disease. In honor of her, and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Irene’s name to Caring Together ( or a charity of choice.

A Celebration of Life will take place in early October. Details will be forthcoming.

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