Irene Muentes

Irene Muentes, a longtime resident of Middletown and formerly of New York City, died on April 19, 2021. She was 61.


Mrs. Muentes was born on June 18, 1959 in New York City to Flerida (Pilozo) and the late Felix Muentes. She worked as a supervisor for the Metropolitan Museum of Art for over 33 years and was an active member of the Mulberry House Senior Center where she met her good friend Elsa. She was very well known and made a big impact on many people’s lives, especially in the Town of Middletown. She was an active volunteer- helping bring food to those in need. She was a very bright blue beautiful soul who didn’t take anything for anyone. She loved the clouds and the sky- and now she is at her dream home watching over her family and guiding them to continue to cherish her memory and move forward with their lives- only bringing good things.


She was a beautiful daughter, mother, wife, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend. She leaves behind her two daughters, Stephanie Pabon and Vanessa Ramos; her husband and love of her life who made her happy, Jorge Figueroa; her eight grandchildren, Jimmy Fernandez, Joshua Fernandez, Daniella Molina, Leylah Avila, Cassandra Molina, Angelina Molina, Joseph Pabon, and Jacob Pabon; her two grandbabies who she will continue to watch over, Giovanni Fernandez and Ivy Rose Molina; her mother, Flerida Muentes; and her brother, Felix Muentes.


Visiting will be Sunday from 2-6pm at Joseph A. Lucchese Funeral Home, 726 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx. Family and friends wishing to attend the visitation virtually may do so by clicking the following link at anytime during the visiting Muentes Visitation  The family will be gathering at the funeral home on Monday at 11am- followed by interment at All Faiths Cemetery, 67-29 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village.



  1. Donna on April 22, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    Heaven has certainly gained another angel. Irene you left us too soon but god has a plan for you. I will miss you and your beautiful smile. You brought such life to all of us. RIP my friend until we meet again. Fly high Irene.

    • Dee Hocutt on April 24, 2021 at 10:20 am

      I meant Irene over a year ago , she always had a smile and was such a pleasant sweet person. I truly want her family to know that She will always have a place in my heart …

      • Krystal johnson on April 24, 2021 at 4:56 pm

        Heaven has gained a beautiful angel she will greatly be missed I will miss her dearly she was a wonderful sweet friend she always lend a helping hand when someone needed it always smiling i just wished I could of said my goodbyes to her and I wished I talked to her more and seeing how she was doing. Say hi to my grandparents

    • Lynne Freeman on April 26, 2021 at 4:21 am

      So sad to hear you are gone. Have fond memories of laughter during our lunches back in the Museum days. Wishing peace and comfort to your family and loved ones during this difficult time. Prayers and condolences, much love

  2. Nelly velazquez on April 22, 2021 at 3:58 pm

    My beautiful friend I surely will miss you we had plans to meet this summer in Virginia Beach. I will do this journey with your daughter God willing but I know your spirit will be with us. Heaven just received a beautiful angel. Till we see you again always know you will be in my heart

    • Jr on April 22, 2021 at 11:08 pm

      Well Irene I know you since I met your Daughter Stephanie and when I met you I was in good condition I that moment I was homeless and even dough you knew that you let date your daughter and help to live under your roof and help me out to get my car insurance and help in any kind of way you could just so me and your duaghter could make a family and I with our different with your daughter you still was a real person let me go on a date with my new girl let me in to the museum and didn’t have a problem that I took another girl to your job and you was just one of a kind woman and friend and it hurts that a person like you left but all I know that your in a better place and we all will miss you and we all love you God bless and hope you kinds will be share and spread like you did

    • Rose McCray on April 24, 2021 at 10:34 am

      My thoughts and prayers are with the family. She was such a great person and so nice to everyone. She will truly missed.

  3. Jean on April 22, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    Dear Jorge and family members,
    You are truly blessed to have had such a loving wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, great grandmother & friend. I’m so blessed to have known such a beautiful and wonderful woman full of life and love for family and friends. Irene was such a great volunteer helping in our office, and anywhere else we needed her. You would often find Irene and Elsa helping with our parties. We will always have treasured memories of the fun and laughter she brought to us.
    May God Bless You All and Grant you His Peace during this difficult time. Love & Sympathy,
    Jean- Mulberry House

  4. Helene Greenberg Wyman on April 22, 2021 at 4:40 pm

    How does one begin to describe such a unconditionally loving being – full of life and humor.
    Irene’s willingness to come to the aid of those less fortunate, the downtrodden, the needy will be the
    hallmark of her life. Her empathy was unmatched.
    She revered her large burgeoning family and dedicated herself to their well-being with pride.
    Irene’s devotion to Jorge, her life partner will serve as a sterling example of a deep abiding love
    fully illuminated as two souls entwined.

    I honor her life and legacy of someone so loved.

  5. Mary Roth on April 22, 2021 at 5:05 pm

    She will be missed a lot. I miss everyone up there she will deeply be missed we love her

    • Wanda Nunez on April 22, 2021 at 6:04 pm

      Irene n I have been friends for many many yrs. When we lived in the city we would hang out. Even when we had our children we managed to get together.We
      went camping, picnics, bbq’s, party’s. I will miss u my friend. U will always be remembered my friend. I will miss you friend. Till we meet again.
      She loved her daughters n her grandchildren. She would tell what she gettiing for this 1 n that 1. She loved them so much, that when she spoke of anyone of them she would light up w/ Joy…Everyone that knews her will miss her. I will also miss u. The good Lord is waiting for you. GODSPEED

    • Amy C on April 24, 2021 at 9:52 am

      Thank you for all the kindness and care you brought to the community and my girls. My porch is not the same without you stopping by. Rest in peace my friend

  6. Sarah Hudgins on April 22, 2021 at 7:31 pm

    Yaya, Was A Loving Kind Soul. She Welcomed Me With Open Arms Treated Me Like I Was Her Own. Im Sorry I Never Got To Learn To Make The Rice And Empandas. At Leylah’s Grad Party Me An Her Danced An Had Tons Of Fun. Ill Miss You Yaya. Love Yall Prayers Sent To The Family. Sending Condolences To.

  7. Joshua Challender on April 22, 2021 at 8:22 pm

    I remember every time she was around she was always cooking and giving advice and very funny. Yaya taught me how to make empanadas and also taught me a little about patients in life and always told me to “Relaaaaax” hahaha I’m gonna miss you Irene yaya and all the I’ll kick your asses Rest in paradise

  8. Gardenia Martinez-Milligan on April 22, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    My beautiful sweet cousin all my memories of our childhood playing with her rabbit. Trip the family took to Canada or the family picnics at 7 Lakes. We lost contact for some years, but the last few we were able to connect again and share great moments. She was a a great person so glad to call my family. I will miss her very much. I can only pray for her husband Jorge, her Mom Sra Frelida, her brother Felix, her daughters Stephanie and Vanessa. All grandchildren. We were all lucky to have her in our lives. She left too soon but her Dad, my Mom and so many will be there to greet her. Heaven got a new Angel. Rest In Peace cousin until we meet again

  9. Elsa and Artie Ferramosca on April 22, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    My dear friend, you have left a deep void in my heart and life. I feel treasured to have shared so many adventures, be they short, with you . So many lives have been touched by you. We laughed alot now I only have tears of memories. As I look up to the blue sky above or see the cuttings on the ground I will smile and think of you. May you be in the garden of God’s love.

    • Marva Harvey on April 23, 2021 at 2:43 pm

      Dearest Jorge and family,
      I can’t put my feelings into words but I pray that God prepares the most beautiful resting place for Irene. You saw her and you saw how beautiful her heart was through her eyes. May God give you the strength to deal with your loss and remember Thoughts and Prayers are with you always. Your Met family have you in Prayers. Love you both.❤️

  10. Leyla on April 23, 2021 at 4:09 am

    My condolences and prayers to the family. Irene and I were coworkers and friends at the MET and we had many good times together. She was one of the most caring , fun loving people I have ever met. Anyone who met Irene loved her. Her warmth and light will continue to touch all that had the pleasure of knowing her. You will be missed my friend ❤

  11. Sam and Meldine Nelson on April 24, 2021 at 10:06 am

    Our condolences to the family. May God give you peace during this trying times. Irene was such a beautiful person. A delight to have known her. We will continue to keep you all in prayer. An Angel has truly been called home.

  12. Leann Blumrath on April 24, 2021 at 10:59 am

    Heaven gained another angel I will miss your laughter, the time we spent together there is a hole in my heart that can not bd filled.. LOVE YOUI AND WILL MISS YOU EVERYDAY

  13. Lisa J on April 24, 2021 at 11:21 am

    Irene was a shining star in our community. She was always smiling, and full of kindness and compassion. Her dedication and love for her family was unparalleled. Irene will truly be missed by so many. Her generous spirit and and beautiful smile will remain in our hearts forever.

  14. Samantha flores on April 24, 2021 at 11:50 am

    My condolences to Irene’s Family I met her through my mother-in-law she knew her very well and the buy nothing group she was in. She was a very sweet and kind person and very delightful to be around. I will miss her dearly.may she R.I.P

  15. Jean myers on April 24, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    I met Irene a long time ago through our buy nothing community. She was a loving and caring person that would help everybody if she could. She has left behind a huge hole in our hearts and community but we will fill that emptiness with all the fond memories we have of her. R.I.P. Irene. You are loved and will be missed by many. All my love and condolences to her family. Heaven has gained a special Angel.

  16. Jasmine G on April 24, 2021 at 2:27 pm

    I met Irene a few years ago in the buy nothing group I was part of. She was a sweet person always willing to help out if needed. I am truly blessed to have known such a wonderful woman. You will be missed dearly may you rest in peace angel

  17. Theresa Keyes on April 24, 2021 at 4:24 pm

    I had the pleasure of knowing Irene for a few years. She was a wonderful person and friend to many. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Rest In Peace Irene. My heartfelt condolences to the family.

  18. Julie Santiago on April 24, 2021 at 5:52 pm

    Dear Jorge and Family,
    Irene loved you all so very much . I know I don’t know all of you personally but I know of you . EVERYTHING was for her children, grandchildren,Jorge and his grandson. Good continue to watch over you always. Julie

  19. Laura on April 24, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    In the few times that I met Irene she was always kind, smiling , and had something sweet to say . The light you shined in the community and the many lives you touched will be Long remembered and sorely missed. Soar with the

  20. NurseRonnie on April 24, 2021 at 6:58 pm

    Big heart , loved by many. Watch over your peeps Irene! Blessings to the family.

  21. enza lauria and family on April 25, 2021 at 2:45 pm

    I remember always when we saw each other at work Irene always had that beautiful smile and laugh i am so blessed to have meet Irene and be my friend . we will miss you very much Irene I am glad to have wonderful memories .God bless you Irene and your family . our condolences to our dear friend Jorge and Irene’s family reat in peace Irene love the lauria family

  22. Marta M. Burgos on April 25, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    My dear friend. I have no words to say thank you soooo much for what you did for me that afternoon when I went for the first time to meet you at Mulberry House. Since that day and for the past six years we became more than friends, We were like sisters. Always there for each other when needed. I cannot understand why you left us so soon. But I know behind everything God always has a purpose. Now you are in a better place where there’s no pain. God was in need of an angel, and he called you. God saw you were getting tired and a cure was not to be. So He put His hands around you and whispered, “Come to me”. Will always love you sis.

  23. Deborah DeMott on April 26, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    I met Irene at Mulberry House Senior Center a couple of years ago. We had great times there. I will miss her. We would also meet up at Middletown for concerts on Friday nights in the summer. Things won’t be the same without you. I love you. I am so sorry you got so sick. We all were praying for a good recovery. Think God wanted you in heaven. He didn’t want you to suffer anymore

  24. Patricia Darcy on April 29, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    Dear Jorge and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Irene’s death . She was one of our officers at our
    Golden Age Seniors Club. She was always so proud of her family and was always so kind, generous and helpful to everyone. Irene will be greatly missed at the Mulberry House.

  25. Eileen Holderman on February 7, 2022 at 3:36 pm

    Dear Jorge and family:

    I am writing to express my sorrow for the loss of Irene.

    We met while working at the museum and remained friendly throughout the years.

    As a co-worker, Irene was dedicated, helpful and had a good sense of humor.

    She introduced us to her daughters, Vanessa and Stephanie, and they became regular visitors to the museum. She loved her family and made us feel a part of hers.

    My sisters and I traditionally hosted a gathering before Thanksgiving, and Irene and her family would attend from time to time. I will remember her smile, her joy in dancing and her love of life.


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