Irene A. Pennell, 78, of Sherwood Drive and Pitcher Pond in Lincolnville, died Tuesday morning, Feb. 1 at her home in Lenox, Mass. She was a United States Air Force veteran of the Korean War and a registered nurse at Berkshire Medical Center for 23 years, retiring in 1990.

Born in Springfield, Mass., March 22, 1932, the daughter of Walter J. and Bertha M. Spiewak Gwozdz, she was a graduate of Chicopee High School and Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. She joined the Air Force as a nurse 1st Lieutenant during the Korean War and was assigned to George Air Force Base in California and Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee.

Mrs. Pennell was a communicant of St. Ann’s Church in Lenox, Mass., and St. Francis of Assisi in Belfast, and was also a member of American Legion Post 43 in Belfast. She enjoyed her annual winter sojourn to Jamaica, gardening, fishing, scuba and dancing.

She and her husband, James K. Pennell, were married May 3, 1954.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter Sharon M. Davenport of Waldo; two sons, Mark S. and Kevin M. Pennell, both of Lenox, Mass.; her sister Teresa Kasper of Orlando, Fla.; her sister-in-law Patricia Bates of Chatham, Mass.; her brother-in-law Richard K. Pennell and his wife Janice of Hamburg, Pa.; four grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Saturday, Feb. 12, at 11 a.m. at St. Ann’s Church in Lenox with the Rev. Christopher J. Waitekus, Pastor, celebrating the Liturgy of Christian Burial.

A memorial service will be held at American Legion Post 43 of Belfast, in the spring at a date and time to be announced.

Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs. Pennell’s memory may be made to Hospice of Western Massachusetts, in care of the Roche Funeral Home, 120 Main Street, Lenox, Mass., 01240.