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Irene J. Turpen

December 2, 1923 — October 23, 2023

Irene J. Turpen

Irene Turpen, of Staunton, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, October 23, 2023, just a few weeks shy of one hundred years of age.

She was born Irene Johnson on December 2, 1923, in Norton, VA.

Irene was an active and cherished member of the South Staunton VA Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

She is survived by two sons, Dennis and John Wells; stepson, William Turpen, Jr., and wife, Connie; seven grandchildren and step-grandchildren; niece, Kathleen Strakey and her husband, George, and their son Jonathan; as well as many other nieces and nephews.

Irene was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William Turpen, Sr.; daughter, Donna Allison; son, Jeff Sinsel; grandsons, Dale and Buddy Winklespecht; three sisters; two brothers; and her mother and father.

The family expresses special thanks to Irene’s devoted caregiver, India Sledge-Brown, whom she loved like a daughter, and to the kind compassionate caregivers at Staunton Post Acute Care and Gentiva Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, Irene asked that donations be made to the worldwide work of Jehovah’s Witnesses at

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 11, 2023, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Staunton. All are welcome.

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Memorial Service

Saturday, November 11, 2023

2:00 - 3:00 pm (Eastern time)

Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses

1868 Spring Hill Rd, Staunton, VA 24401

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