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Dr. Irene Cotton

Obituary for Dr. Irene Cotton

January 14, 1927 - February 7, 2020
Sheffield Village, Ohio | Age 93

Loving Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Aunt, Teacher and Dear Friend


Irene Cotton (nee Mydlinski) was born on January 14, 1927, in Solvay, New York to Felix and Rosalia Mydlinski. Irene was a smart, driven, competitive lady who had a life-long love for learning. She earned her undergrad from Syracuse University and received her PhD. from the University of Texas at Austin. She translated her love of learning into a love for teaching, working as a college professor at LCCC for over twenty years, teaching Microbiology and other science courses.
Irene and her beloved husband, James, raised their family in Westlake. She was a member of the Westlake Junior Women's Club, and St. Ladislas Church, where she served as a Eucharist Minister and Prayer Chain Coordinator. Irene enjoyed gardening and spending time with her family. She died peacefully on Friday, February 7, 2020, after a brief illness. She was 93.
She leaves behind her four children, Barbara Cotton, Christopher (Kathy), Kim Justice (Mark), and James G. (Wandee); 17 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband James; a granddaughter, Nancy; her brothers Joseph, Raymund, Edmund, Henry; and sisters Hedwig "Joan" Galasky and Anna.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, 10:00am, February 15, at St. Ladislas Church, 2345 Bassett Rd, Westlake, OH 44145 (meet at church). Burial to follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Avon. Friends may call at the BUSCH FUNERAL HOME 32000 Detroit Rd., Avon, from 4-7pm on Friday, February 14. 440-937-6175

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