Irene L. Zdana

October 7, 1950 - July 22, 2019

Irene L. Zdana, age 68, of Viola, DE, passed away on Monday, July 22, 2019.

Born in Chester, PA on October 7, 1950, she was the daughter of Jean (Simpson) Pharaoh and the late Edward S. Pharaoh.  Irene worked as a file clerk for Delaware Technical Community College in Dover.  She was a passionate pet rescuer and animal lover and worked with Faithful Friends Animal Society.  More than anything she loved her family, especially all of her nieces and nephews.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Frank Papy; second husband, Gordon Zdana; and brother, Warren Pharaoh.  Irene is survived by her mother, Jean; brothers, Robert Pharaoh of Jennersville, PA and Joseph Pharaoh (Lisa) of Wallingford, PA; 10 nieces and nephews; 13 great nieces and nephews; and 1 great great nephew.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Thursday, August 1, 2019, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 11 am.  Interment will follow in Glenwood Memorial Gardens, 2321 West Chester Pike, Broomall, PA.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Irene’s memory to Faithful Friends, 12 Germay Drive, Wilmington, DE 19804.


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  • Irene had a compassionate, kind, and pure heart. She will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends. She is happy and at peace in the arms of our Most Blessed Lord. We’ll see her again – that is a promise that we must never forget. Love you, my fellow Deb, Sue💕

  • Irene was a beautiful soul , loving daughter, ,sister, wife, aunt and friend . She loved all animals, May she rest in Paradise an watch over who all who knew and loved her .

  • I will not say goodbye to my friend my sister in spirit To know you is a reason too keep lol. We met Irene shopping for a area rug. The day she had fell inlove with our yorkie Maxi. …look how the Holy Spirit works…in need of a new true blue heartfelt sweetheart well she wouldn’t have it no other way infact she just reached out and said awh thank you I love her and she will be very well takencare of …that day blessings were countless honest loyalty longlasting laughter shared on the phone /facetime /meeting up with you mom and all of our dogs always there will not be a pass we love you Irene just waiting on your visit!!!

  • Rest in peace and paradise sweet lady. Love and Light ~ 🌹Connie

  • My condolences to Irene’s family. Irene rest in peace. I’ve known you and your family for a very long time and will miss you and your posts.
    My heart is little sadder but I know you are in a better place. Love and prayers Danny.

  • All the Jordan’s are in absolute shock. We last saw Irene on May 27 (Michael’s birthday) 2019. Irene got us our first
    rescue chihuahua, “ Kelly “. She took our wedding pictures, more than 40 years ago. Our lives will not be the same without her. A life gone to soon. RIP, Irene—until we meet again.

  • Rest in peace, Irene. You will be truly missed. Your coworker, Jacquita

  • To the Family of Irene: Irene’s upbeat personality will be missed. God Bless you all during this sad transition.
    Ms. Barbara

  • So sorry to hear Irene’s departure from this world. All my love to her family. I’ve known her since high school. Will greatly miss her on Facebook.

  • Dear Pharoah Family,
    I live in NM now so I wasn’t able to attend. Irene was a very nice and good person who always stayed tue to herself. All of us ( NP classmates) are still shocked so I can only imagine what you are all going through. Please know I’m keeping you all in my prayers, especially your mom. Please extend my sympathies to Mrs. Pharoah for me. I pray that this most sorrowful time will become easier and more gentle as time goes by. Try and focus on all of the good memories you shared.
    Sincerely, Denise Daniels

  • I have been on vacation and out of touch for the last week. I am beyond shocked to hear the news of Irene passing. My condolences to her family, especially her Mom. I have known Irene since high school and through the years she has remained one of the sweetest, most compassionate people I have ever known. She was a true hero in her work with the animal rescue groups. May her soul rest in peace and her family find comfort in all their wonderful memories of her life.