Irene Golis

July 1, 1935 ~ January 28, 2024 (age 88) 88 Years Old

Irene Golis Obituary

Irene Golis, age 88 of Columbus, passed away surrounded by family on Sunday, January 28, 2024. 

Preceded in death by parents, Casmir and Mary Substelny, brothers Edward and Hank (Carol) Substelny.  Survived by spouse of 62 years, Matthew J. Golis, sisters Eleanor (Terry) Carmichael, Jeanne Substelny, and brother Leon, daughter, Karen Blacik, son, Matthew D. (Traci) Golis and grandchildren, Madeline Golis, Sophie Golis, and Cameron Golis and many other family members.

Irene grew up in Cleveland and worked for several years for the Studebaker-Packard company.  She saved her earnings from Studebaker and moved to the Columbus area in the 1950’s to attend The Ohio State University (OSU).  She graduated with a BS in Political Science in 1960.  At OSU, she met her husband, Matthew and they married immediately after his graduation in 1961.  After graduation she worked at the Ohio Statehouse for several years as a committee secretary.

When her husband accepted a position with the Hughes Aircraft company,, she moved with him to Los Angeles and became a homemaker.  After having their first child, Irene and Matthew moved back to Ohio for Matthew to begin graduate studies in Electrical Engineering at OSU.  Later she had her second child and during those child rearing years, she donated numerous hours to several not-for-profit organizations including the Ohio History Center (tour guide), the International Coffee Hour (Inch) ESL program (tutor) and many additional volunteer roles at her children’s schools, Cub Scouts, and Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church.  She especially loved teaching international students conversational English and all about American culture and customs.

Irene loved to travel to foreign countries including in Europe, Asia, and South America.  She enjoyed gardening, cooking, and was an avid reader of multiple daily newspapers.  Irene loved to engage in discussion on a variety of topics, but especially current events and politics.  She also enjoyed following Cleveland sports teams and attended many baseball games during her lifetime.

Visitation on Thursday February 8, 2024 from 4:00-7:00 pm at Egan-Ryan Funeral Home, 4661 Kenny Road, Columbus.  Mass of Christian Burial to follow on Friday February 9, 2024 at 10:30 am at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, 20 E Dominion Blvd, Columbus. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ohio History Center at

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February 8, 2024

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Egan-Ryan Funeral Home
4661 Kenny Road
Columbus, OH 43220

Mass of Christian Burial
February 9, 2024

10:30 AM
Our Lady of Peace
20 E. Dominion Blvd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214


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