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Irene Dirsa-McDonald, 81, Of Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT, Conn.– Irene Dirsa, a longtime resident of Bridgeport, died on Monday, Jan. 4. She was 81.

Dirsa attended St. Vincent's Nursing School and trained as a surgical nurse at the University of Michigan. She worked as an operating room nurse at St. Vincent's and later managed the surgical equipment division when it became St. Vincent's Medical Center.

She is survived by her husband Bill; remaining sisters Isabel (Betty) Arquitte; Lillian Fox and family; Virginia Fenglar and family; brother Anthony Dirsa; wife Caroline and family; nieces Dawn Ann Spictzler and family; Christine Holmwood and family; Marianne Cone and family; Sheryl Jackisch and family; Linda Vulovic and family; Bill's daughters, Kathy Bachmann, Lara Flint, and Barbara McDonald, and their children, Patrick Raymond, Nicholas, Madeline and Daniel Bachmann, and Liam Flint.

She was predeceased by her brother George Dirsa and sisters Aldona Van Campen, Adele Schweitzer, Rita Arquitte and Anna Spictzler.

She was also predeceased by her niece Kathy Spictzler and nephew Michael Spictzler.

A family gathering will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, contributions to St. Vincent's College scholarship are welcome. Click here for more information.

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