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Irene Shnurer Stemple

1934 2022

Visitation: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 16, 2022 at Thompson’s Harveson & Cole Funeral Home.

Service: 1:00 p.m. Monday, January 17, at St. Demetrios Orthodox Church, 2020 N W 21st St, Ft Worth, TX 76164

Interment: Oakwood Cemetery, Fort Worth, Texas.

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Irene S. Stemple, 87, passed away on Sunday, January 9, 2022.

Irene was born on February 28, 1934 to Mildred and John Shnurer. She met her husband Norman Stemple at Penn State, where they both received a Master’s Degree in Physics.  In 1957 they were married in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, with her father, Rev. John Shnurer officiating.  Together they had five children born at three different hospitals, each within view of the Hudson River.  They moved to Forth Worth in 1967 for Norman to get his PhD from TCU.   Irene feel in love with Texas and persuaded Norm to keep the family in Fort Worth.  Irene soon took a Saturday morning position teaching science at the Children’s Museum, now the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.   As the children got older, Irene increased her part-time work, teaching at Country Day School, TCJC and TCU.  Her lifetime passion was rockhounding and she started collecting when quite young.  In Texas, fossils became her focus. She was a 50+ year member of the Fort Worth Gem and Mineral Club and a founding member of the Dallas Paleontological Society.

Survivors: Children, Trisha Dianne, Ed Stemple and wife Jan, Joanne Cuadra and husband Gabe, Donny Stemple and wife Ann, and Linda Carroll and husband Craig; grandchildren, Luke Stemple, Matthew Stemple; Gabe Cuadra, Benjamin Cuadra; Sarah Stemple, Christine Stemple, Zachary Stemple; Ashlyn Carroll, Bryson Carroll, and Dawson Carroll; sister, Mother Victoria; extended family and many, many friends.