Irene S. Hojnicki
November 18, 1932 - May 13, 2023
Irene S. Hojnicki, age 90, of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully, at her residence, surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, May 13, 2023.
Born in Wilmington, DE on November 18, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Mikolaj and Stella (Ornowska) Maciejewski. Irene was a graduate of St. Paul’s Commercial High School in Wilmington. She married Joseph Hojnicki on May 26, 1951 and spent her life taking care of her family as a talented homemaker.
Irene was passionate about her faith and was a dedicated member of Our Lady of Fatima R.C. Church in New Castle for 72 years. A friend to the community, she joined the Minquadale Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary in 1951 and became a lifetime member. During her time with the Auxiliary, Irene held several positions including president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer for 25 years. She also enjoyed serving as the Chaplin for the Ladies Auxiliary of New Castle County Firefighters Association and Ladies Auxiliary Delaware Volunteer Firefighters Association. In addition, Irene was a member of the V.F.W. Polish American Post #3257 – Ladies Auxiliary.
In addition to her parents, Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph W. Hojnicki, Sr.; son, Joseph W. Hojnicki, Jr.; brothers, Edward Mack, Charles Maciejewski, and Joseph Mack, Sr.; brother-in-law, Edward Hojnicki, Sr.; and sisters-in-law, Eleanor Mack, Dorothy Maciejewski, Helen Mack, and Eleanor Skibicki. She is survived by her children, Patricia Addison (Carl), Diane Thompson (Chris, Sr.), and Michael Hojnicki (Barbi); sister-in-law, Stephanie Hojnicki; brother-in-law, William Skibicki; 9 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a future great-great-grandson due in September; and many nieces and nephews.
The family of Irene would like to extend a very special thank you to Cookie, her devoted care giver, as well as to AccentCare Hospice.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11:45 am on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, at Our Lady of Fatima R.C. Church, 801 North DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 12 pm. Interment will be held privately at the convenience of the family in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Irene’s memory to the Ladies Auxiliary of Minquadale Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 647, Manor Branch, New Castle, DE 19720.