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Irene Blake

Irene Gorski Blake, 87, of East New Market, MD passed away peacefully to her heavenly home  early Friday morning, September 18, 2020 at UMSMC Dorchester. During her brief illness, she was surrounded by loved ones every day all the way up until the moment of her passing with her daughter by her side.

Born December 7, 1932 in Cambridge, MD, she was the only daughter out of eight children to the late Tillie Tobat Gorski and Teleswood “Taylor” Gorski.

Irene attended schools locally and was a member of the basketball team. She graduated from East New Market High School with the class of 1949. Beyond graduation she was employed for many years at A.I Dupont in Seaford, DE, which is where she met her beloved husband. On April 30, 1955 she married Russell Thomas Blake and together they raised two children. Once the children were of school age, she was right behind them as she began to work at the East New Market Elementary School Cafeteria. Furthermore, she was employed at Rob Roy, Perfect Garment and United Protective Clothing until she reached her time of retirement.

Irene was a family stone, a passionate parishioner of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, a devoted lifetime member of the East New Market Volunteer Fire Department, and last but certainly not least, the absolute best neighbor the town of East New Market could ever ask for. She was a pillar of her community, and it was well known that you could always count on her for anything; whether it be her involvement in organizations, being an advocate for the community, an unexpected cookie delivery, making the best fudge around, a good story, a kind word or just a simple smile and wave from her front porch. Irene was the sweetest soul that always kept everyone in her prayers and their spirits high. She will be ever so dearly missed by her family, her friends and anyone else that ever had the great honor and pleasure of knowing her.

Surviving her are her two children, Russell Thomas Blake, Jr. (Lisa Murphy) of East New Market, MD and Barbara Blake Collins (Gary Newcomb) of Cambridge, MD; grandchildren, Walter Collins and Kristin Collins of Secretary, MD, Jenna Blake of Easton, MD, and Paige Matthews of East New Market, MD; great grandchildren, Blake Wheatley and Kennedy Collins; brothers Theodore Gorski (Ann), John Gorski (Donna), and Joseph Gorski; sister-in-law Linda Gorski and several cousins, nephews and nieces; special friends Shirley Satterfield, Ed and Robin Davis, David and Virginia Tolley and Donald and Cindy Cheesman.

Preceded in her death besides her husband and parents are brothers James, William, David and Jerome Gorski, as well as sister-in-law, Barbara Gorski.

A walk through viewing will be held on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 from 6-8 p.m. at Newcomb & Collins Funeral Home, P.A., 308 High St, Cambridge, MD. The rosary will be recited at 8 pm.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at the East New Market Volunteer Fire Department beginning 1:00 pm with The Rev. Michael Casari officiating.

A viewing will be held an hour prior to the service at the firehouse.

Interment will follow the service at the East New Market Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers per Irene’s request are her cherished neighbors, David Tolley, Ed Davis, Brian Kemp, Bobby Legg, Doug Deavers and Jim Wood.

Honorary pallbearers will be Adam Tolley, Jaye Hastings, David Thomas III, Patrick Wielgosz, Ladd Heisler, Justin Lauck, Tyler Lewis, Eric Blake, James Hastings and Donnie Windsor.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent in Irene’s name to East New Market Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 280, East New Market, MD 21631 or Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, P.O. Box 279, Secretary, MD 21664.

Social distancing and face coverings will be required.

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Irene Gorski Blake was my dear life-long cousin and "sister-in-Christ"...a sweet and dear friend too!Since my husband, Gilbert Hoffman and I lived in Timonium, MD and only had a "now and then" occasion to have a visit in person with each other, we usually had a monthly telephone conversation with each other. She gave of herself completely to her nuclear and extended family as well as to her church and community. She was very gracious, hospitable, capable and caring. She received accolades from many for all of her good works; however, she was very humble in accepting them. She was a true Christian and a very good Catholic woman! She carried on the traditions of the wonderful, Polish immigrant family of Michael and Josephine Tobat from Secretary, MD....a family from which I too was born to Estelle Tobat of the 20th century who lived on a farm next to the Era family. I believe that Irene's mother Tillie Tobat Gorski and my mother Estelle were the last of nine children. As a young child, I spent a few weeks each summer on that farm and became very close to all the family members which included Irene and her brothers. I loved Irene's parents, Tillie and Taylor Gorski, Irene and all of her family, Russell Blake, Sr. included. I will miss her greatly. I feel certain that God is very pleased with her and that we will meet again in the next life, hopefully in heaven, with our beloved Savoir and Lord, Jesus Christ and his mother, Mary whom Irene loved. Until then, dearest Irene, may you rest in peace along with your beloved husband Russell and all of your original family too! Your loving cousin Loretta

Loretta Hoffman Sep 28 2020 12:00 AM

Prayers for each of you.

JoAnne Wingate Nabb Sep 25 2020 12:00 AM

Rusty, Barbara and families,When a friend is going through grief it can be as though you are experiencing the same grief with them. Nobody can understand your separation, but the eternal memories will remain in our hearts. Best of luck in the days ahead.

Bob & Cheryl Harvey Sep 24 2020 12:00 AM

Barbara -Mark and I are so sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.Becky and Mark Dennis

Becky Dennis Sep 22 2020 12:00 AM

Barbara and Rusty, I am so sorry. Miss Irene was such a great lady! Always so sweet. You and your families are in my thoughts and prayers. Bless her heart...

Donna Wanex Disharoon Sep 21 2020 12:00 AM

Our sympathy to the family. Lola Ann Jones, Gilbert Hart and Patricia Morse .

Lola Anne Jones Sep 21 2020 12:00 AM

Very sorry for your loss.

Barbara Windsor Sep 21 2020 12:00 AM

Haven has gained another beautiful angel.

Bonnie Powell Sep 21 2020 12:00 AM

Your mother was a sweet lady. I loved like my own mother. Always enjoyed talking to her. Prayers to you and your family.

Bonnie Powell Sep 21 2020 12:00 AM

So very sorry. Mrs. Blake was such a lovely lady. Sending our condolences and deepest sympathy. Hard time for you all. May she rest in peace.

Colleen Curran-Bromwell Sep 20 2020 12:00 AM

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