Irena E. (Benson) Halstead, 78, of Solon, NY, passed away on Thursday, April 8, 2021, at her home, while surrounded by her family.
Born in Saratoga Springs, NY, on August 25, 1942, Irena was the daughter of the late Lewis and Bertha Benson Betts. After her mother’s death, she was adopted and raised by her grandparents. On September 7, 1963, Irena married Paul Halstead, Jr., and together they shared 58 years of marriage. Irena was an active member of the McGraw United Methodist Church and was a life-long Christian and is now with her Lord. A loving homemaker for her family, she always had a loving ear and a cup of coffee. Irena was a Meals on Wheels volunteer for over 25 years.
She is survived by her husband, Paul Halstead, Jr., of Solon; and her children, Allen (Ann) Halstead of Clifton Park, Wendy (Alan) Cappella of Chestertown, Kathy (Chip) Ryan of Cincinnatus, and Lisa Halstead of Solon. She also leaves behind her grandchildren, Christina, Kelly, Tommy, Grace, Christiana, Emily, Joshua, Jedediah, Christopher, Shannon, John, and Brooke.
In keeping with the wishes of the family, there will be no immediate services. A Celebration of Irena’s Life will be held at a later date. Expressions of sympathy in memory of Irena may be directed to the McGraw United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 608, McGraw, NY 13101 or Hospicare, 11 Kennedy Parkway, Cortland, NY 13045.