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June 18, 2013

Irene Golden, 86

Groveland, MA — Irene (Belanger) Golden, 86, of Groveland, formerly of Lawrence and North Andover, passed away peacefully Saturday, June 15, at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill. Born in Lawrence, she was the daughter of the late Emile and Leda (Matton) Belanger, and was one of nine children. Irene was a graduate of the former McIntosh Business School in Lawrence, and later was employed by the Textile Workers Union CIO for 10 years, prior to staying home to raise her family. Upon returning to the business world, she was employed as the administrative assistant to the president of the former Arlington Trust Company in Lawrence. She retired in 1987, after 26 years of service, and spent her later years making quilts for her family, friends and homeless shelters.

Irene is survived by her husband of 61 years, Joseph Golden; three children, Michael Golden and his wife, Bonnie, Karen M. Golden-Smith and her husband, Lloyd of Middleton, Joseph A. Golden and his wife, Claire of Haverhill; three siblings, Raymond Belanger and his wife, Cecile of Methuen, Rita Cote and her husband, Ovila of Bradford, Ernest Belanger and his wife Alicia, of Madrid, Spain; brother in-law, Lauren Smart; three sisters in-law, Charlotte Belanger, Ethel (Golden) Belanger, Catherine (Golden) Winn; and numerous nieces and nephews.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends may call Wednesday, June 19, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home, 233 Lawrence St., Methuen, Mass. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will take place Thursday June 20, at 9 a.m., at Our Lady of Good Counsel/St Theresa’s Church, with burial to follow at St. Mary Immaculate Cemetery in Lawrence. In lieu of flowers, donations in Irene’s honor may be made to Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack St., Bldg. 9, Lawrence Ma 01843, or at http://www.merrimackvalleyhospice.org, or MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen MA 01844, www.mspca.org/donate.

The Pollard Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the Golden family with the arrangements. www.pollardfuneralhome.com.