unknown - July 29, 2013
Isabelle "Izzy" F. Breen, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 29, 2013 at Upstate Hospital following a stroke. Izzy was loved by many and had a way of making friends wherever she went. Born on May 6, 1924 and raised in Wisconsin, Isabelle was the youngest of 12 children born to Ida and Henry Erke, and the last to pass on. She moved to North Syracuse in 1945, followed by her 52-year marriage to William M. Breen, a handsome young pilot who swept her off her feet.
Full of fun, full of song and often the life of the party, Izzy charmed customers as a server at many area restaurants before she and "Mac" (William M. Breen) purchased the Euclid Hotel in 1962. Izzy and Mac worked side by side for 20 years, and raised six children before leaving the Euclid for semi-retirement. They also owned the Sundown Motel in Cicero, a business she sold after the passing of her husband. She retired to her lovely spot on Oneida Lake where she spent many years hosting parties for family and friends. Izzy enjoyed her pets, the "Legion" as a long time auxiliary member of Post 787 in Cicero, but especially loved her family.
Isabelle was predeceased by her husband, William M. in 1997, an infant son, Thomas in 1947 and youngest son, John, in 1983.
She is survived by children, William E. Breen of Waterloo, Marcia A. Breen-Borst of Marietta, Karen E. Corcoran of Liverpool, Patrick N. Breen of Syracuse and Jeffrey M. Breen of Cicero. Also, 10 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews scattered across the country. She is also survived by family friends, Cindy Mullen and Gary Willard.
The family would like to thank the staff at Sunnyside Care Center, East Syracuse, for their excellent care, the fun and the friendships she developed while residing there.
Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 5, at Fergerson Funeral Home, 215 South Main St., North Syracuse. Burial and graveside service: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Pine Plains Cemetery, Clay.
The family requests donations, in lieu of flowers, to your local Humane Association, the ASPCA or to Wanderer's Rest, Canastota. Memorial messages may be left at FergersonFuneralHome.com.