Irene G. Brinkman, 85, Vergennes


VERGENNES — Irene G. Brinkman, 85, of Vergennes, passed away Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, peacefully in her birth home surrounded by her family.

She was born, March 2, 1936, in Vergennes, the daughter of Arthur and Gertrude (Collom) Rose. She attended Vergennes Union High School, graduating in the class of 1954. The following year she would wed her husband, James H. Brinkman Sr.

She was a member of the Vergennes Eagles Club, the Vergennes Legion, and St. Peter’s church before joining Victory Baptist Church of Vergennes.

She worked for years at Clark’s Nursing home. Later she worked at Beeman Elementary School, where her love of “her kids” never stopped. After retiring from Beeman she spent her time volunteering in such places as Vergennes Area Rescue Squad, Helen Porter Nursing and Rehabilitation, Project Independence and the Vergennes Legion as a cook.

Her hobbies were vast. She loved spending time with her family and many grandkids, cooking, baking and of course shopping. She loved long rides on back roads. She was a master of her beloved word search puzzles, often having the whole puzzle solved before anyone else had found a single word. You could often find her at the kitchen table playing cards to pass her time.

She is survived by her children Lori Brinkman, James (Jamie) H. Brinkman Jr., Dennis Brinkman and Kelly Brinkman; her brother, Newton (Johnny) Rose; and sisters Marjorie Stup, Florence (Thomas) Gude, and Martha (Stephen) Thackery. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, James H. Brinkman Sr.; their son Craig T. Brinkman Sr.; her parents Arthur and Gertrude Rose; and brothers William (Billy) Rose and Arthur (Tony) Rose. She was also predeceased by her sister-in-law Mary Alice and brother-in-law Russell, in addition to lifelong friends Olive Douglas and Audrey Porter.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, Dec. 3, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Victory Baptist Church in Vergennes, with a funeral service following at 11 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in Prospect Cemetery in Vergennes. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, PO Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.

To send online condolences to her family please visit A video of the service will be located on the Brown McClay website for those who can’t attend the funeral service. The video of the service will be located at the bottom of the obit. ◊

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