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Irene Whited, 74, beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend to so many died Sunday morning May 13th, 2018 at Novant’s Forsyth Medical Center in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Born on January 23rd, 1944 in Denver, Colorado, she was the daughter of the late Arnold and Elwine von Kaenel.
Before moving to North Carolina Irene she spent many years growing up, raising her son, and working in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. She had a successful career working in customer service for several large chemical companies. Her position with Hoechst-Celanese brought her to North Carolina and was also where she met her husband of almost 27 years, Michael Whited. After retiring in 2008, she put her energy in many areas. She and Mike enjoyed traveling and regularly visiting with family and friends around the country and abroad. She enjoyed volunteering at Autumn Care Nursing Home where she would give manicures and have conversations with many residents over the years. She was also an active member of the Newcomers Club of Salisbury-Rowan. She would participate in both the fellowship and outreach activities that this group provided. Irene was a prolific writer of cards and letters to the many people that she cared for or to others she thought might need encouragement. Irene’s kindness, and willingness to listen and help, blessed her with many friends. She will be greatly missed.
Irene is survived by her son John Medico (wife – Bianca, grandchildren – Sophie, Ava, Jack) of Houston, Texas, her husband Michael of Salisbury, and children Chad Whited (wife – Jill, step sons – Daniel and Troy Stanley) of Inman, South Carolina, and Jennifer Whited McDaniel (husband –Travis McDaniel, grand-daughter Kinley) of Greer, South Carolina. She is also survived by her brothers Walter von Kaenel (wife Karen) of Rochester, NY and Arnold von Kaenel (wife Karen) of Kona, Hawaii.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 19th, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Powles Staton Funeral Home, 913 West Main St., Rockwell, NC 28138, (704) 279-7241.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Rowan Helping Ministries at http://www.rowanhelpingministries.org/donate or via check to address 226 North Long St., Salisbury, NC 28144.
Carolina Cremation is assisting the Whited family. Online condolences may be made at www.carolinacremation.com.