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Irene Hower

February 28, 1930 — February 17, 2021


Irene K. (Olock) Hower, 90, of Temple passed away on February 17, 2021 in her home surrounded by her loving family. Born in Frackville, she was the daughter of the late Steven and Anna (Kaczmaryk) Olock. Irene was the wife of the late Rev. William J. Hower, Sr. who passed away October 15, 2003. She was a member of Riverview Christian but attended Reading Wesleyan Church when her husband preached there. Irene worked as a care giver most of her life but most recently worked for Home Instead Senior Care. Her true passion was caring for others and she had a heart of gold. The family would like to thank Dr. Anthony Donato and Tower Health Hospice for their amazing care, they do not know what they would have done without them.

Irene is survived by her children; William J. Hower, Jr., of Temple, Bonnie Lee (Hower) Ray, wife of Michael S. of Reading, and Rebecca Lynn (Hower) Kelly, with Michael Paolini of Sinking Spring. Also surviving are her grandchildren; Todd, William III, Taylor, Breanne, James, and Evan, her great grandchildren; Spencer, Zachary, Holly, AJ, Todd, Amanda, Megan, William IV, Ashley, Benjamin, Jeremiah, Joaquin, Brielle, Gianna, Luke, and Evanni, and her great great grandchildren, Aaron and Scarlett.

The family will receive friends and relatives Tuesday, February 23, 2021 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in Bean Funeral Homes, 1605 Rockland Street, Hampden Heights. Funeral service and interment will be held privately at Berks County Memorial Gardens. Bean Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Hampden Heights is in charge of arrangements and online condolences can be made at

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

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