Irene P. Firman, 92, clerical worker

October 08, 2005

Irene Pearl Firman, a former clerical worker for the U.S. Weather Bureau and for Baltimore County, died of complications from osteoporosis Sept. 29 at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. The Lutherville resident was 92.

Born Irene Pearl Farbman in Brest-Litovsk, a city on what was then the border of Poland and Russia, she came to the United States with her mother in 1920 aboard the ship Imperator and was raised in New York City.

She studied at Hunter College in New York and at the University of California at Los Angeles.

After working for Roaring Springs Blank Book Co., Simplicity Pattern Co. and a New York state insurance fund, she joined the old U.S. Weather Bureau as a clerk in 1941.

During World War II, she volunteered with the Women's Auxiliary Corps and attained the rank of captain.

She moved to College Park in 1950 and later settled in Towson. She was a clerical worker for the Baltimore County Department of Social Service. She retired about 22 years ago.

She was an avid reader and attended Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Center Stage performances.

Services will held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, 200 E. Padonia Road.

Survivors include her husband of 58 years, David Firman, a retired Towson University geography professor; a son, Jeffrey Craig Firman of Ellicott City; a daughter, Anne Sherry Post of Juneau, Alaska; a half-brother, Sol Farbman of Wichita, Kan.; and five grandchildren.

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