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Irene F. Gentile
  • December 25, 1955
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  • August 23, 2015

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Irene F. Gentile, born in the Bronx, N.Y. on 12/25/55 to Angelina Baccrella and Armand Gentile, returned home to live with the Angels on August 23, 2015 after a long valiant struggle with Breast Cancer. A life-long equestrian, Irene owned and operated Pink Rose Farm in Belleview, FL since 1986, teaching riding and driving lessons to many students. Irene was very active in the Equestrian community, serving in various officer positions in STRIDE Dressage, managing horse shows, and also teaching at Marion Therapeutic Riding Association, instructing disabled students. In 2014, Irene was named the Region 3 GMO Volunteer of the Year by the United States Dressage Federation. Her friends are certain she has already saddled up Rhiannon and is galloping across the Elysian Fields. Irene is survived by her brother, Steven Gentile of Tampa, FL.

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  1. 17 Apr 2018
    Lisa lit a candle:
    Lit since April 17, 2018 at 4:52:56 AM

  2. 04 Sep 2015
    Carol Ann Benson-Bickel says:
    As teenagers we shared a dream. As adults you lived that dream till the end. Your laughter, love of life and all it held have no equal. Until we meet again in that beautiful pasture above, watch over all of us who now have "Pink Angel" in heaven above.

  3. 04 Sep 2015
    Dianne says:
    Thank you forever for all the loving years you cared for my horses while I worked and traveled. I will always be grateful for the support you gave while I lost my first horse and had to learn to love and ride another. Enjoy your eternal ride in peace. We know you will be the one to open the gate when we come in with our horses.

  4. 30 Aug 2015
    Liz Kennedy Flaherty says:
    I love and miss U sista!!!!!!!!! All your Syosset friends miss you!!!!!! I am happy You are in a better place and out of pain!!!!!!! We will be together again one day!!!!!!! Til we meet again I love You My Friend, and say Hi to my Mom and Dad!!!!!!

  5. 29 Aug 2015
    marcia armstrong says:
    We will miss you and your bright smile. Gallop free Irene!

  6. 29 Aug 2015
    Patricia says:
    Though I did not personally know Irene, I want to express my deepest sympathy to her family. No doubt the loss of such a dear loved one will be felt by many. Long ago the faithful man job asked if an able-bodied man died could he live again. The comforting answer is yes. Our God the Creator yearns to bring back to life those who have died. (Job 14:13-15) May this and other promises recorded in God's Word the Bible continue to comfort your family in this critical time.

  7. 28 Aug 2015
    Kate Nestler Hagan says:
    Rene- I have so many memories of our time together as roomies at Cobleskill. You were quite the chica even then! Everything pink or horses. Your bed made up so tight that you had to stand on your pillow to get your feet under the covers, and then wiggle all the way down. We used to laugh so hard we would snort. Since I was on the tech side of Cobleskill I sometimes had a less than favorable opinion of your boots after mucking in the morning. I see you now with your horses walking the Rene duck walk and being just as sassy as you were back in the day, young and pain free, and that makes me so happy. Rest in peace my friend, you will be forever in my memory.

  8. 26 Aug 2015
    Joanne Solch says:
    I am lost right now, looking across the field will never feel the same. My heart hurts, I know that you are young beautiful and healthy now. You are surrounded by all you family and all those animals you loved. Remember what I said, you are going to be the perfect guardian angel for Jessica's baby.

  9. 26 Aug 2015
    Bobbie Jo Delagera says:
    I love you like a sister ... I'll miss you forever ... you are in my heart & soul and on my skin ... ride free ...

  10. 26 Aug 2015
    Brenda Schmidt says:
    While I didn't know you well. I knew you well enough to know that you were generous with your time and care for the STRIDE organization. May you ride in peace and joy forever

  11. 26 Aug 2015
    Dawn says:
    Irene, I found an Irish poem that when I read it, sounded like your voice in my head and I wanted to share.
    Remembered Joy
    Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free!
    I follow the plan God laid for me.
    I saw His face, I heard His call,
    I took His hand and left it all...
    I could not stay another day.
    To love, to laugh, to work or play;
    Tasks left undone must stay that way.
    And if my parting has left a void,
    Then fill it with remembered joy.
    A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss...
    Ah yes, these things, I too shall miss.
    My life's been full, I've savoured much:
    Good times, good friends, a loved one's touch.
    Perhaps my time seemed all too brief -
    Don't shorten yours with undue grief.
    Be not burdened with tears of sorrow,
    Enjoy the sunshine of the morrow.

    You are loved, you are missed and you will always be remembered with joy.

  12. 26 Aug 2015
    JoAnn Gaudio says:
    Renie I will always remember our days back at Fairchild, and our lunch hour back at your house watching All My Children. I will always remember the skit you did from Saturday Night Live of Gilda Radner doing Rosanna Rosanna Danna. The one with the sweat ball on the nose. You were a special person to John & I. Thanks to facebook we reconnected again. We will never forget you kiddo. Rest in Peace. Love you.

  13. 26 Aug 2015
    Judy Hirsch says:
    Irene,you will be missed by many people. I will think of you often,especially when I see the color pink! RIP pink lady.

  14. 25 Aug 2015
    Kristin Griffin (Forst) says:
    Irene i had the pleasure of knowing you since i was 6 yrs old when i first moved to FL from NY. You have watched me grow up in this horse world. You have always been their for me & for many other people. Your contagious smile & laugh will be missed but never forgotten. You had a unique "pink" way to you that would just light up a room or barn when you walked in. All of my childhood showing days with stride all my memories of those days had your presence in them. I feel like a piece of my show days are missing now, i remember you riding around in your pink sports bra only with your riding pants & going "mom irene is in just her bra again" lol oh all the wonderful memories! I am honored to have had you in my life & will miss you dearly. Love you! Rest peacefully & Ride Ride like the wind!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. 25 Aug 2015
    Kim Opalinski says:
    Renee, since High School Babe, B Bathroom in fact, - that beautiful face, the smile, the class act; never a dull moment with you. .. . .I'll remember you ALWAYS, MY FELLOW BREAST CANCER WARRIOR, on DECEMBER 25TH. . .Cheers and Toast to you, until our spirits meet again. . . .. It was an honor knowing and being friends with you. . . .Know you touch'd my life, and i'm sad this world is a sadder place without you. . . God Bless You Always

  16. 25 Aug 2015
    Lori Webber-Connelly says:
    RIP sweet Irene. Till we meet again. xoxoxoxoxoxo

  17. 25 Aug 2015
    Sharon Young says:
    RIP Pink Lady! Soar with the Angels aboard your trusty steed. I will miss your cheery smile. You left this earth too soon. My deepest sympathy to her family and very close friends.

  18. 25 Aug 2015
    Loretta Lucas says:
    Sweet Irene, gallop away over the fields......Shine down on us every night through the window of the stars.... we miss you here on Earth, but your Pink Spirit will live on!

  19. 25 Aug 2015
    Tanja says:
    We were privileged to know you Irene. I miss you but have so many memories to hold on to. Rest in peace my friend.

  20. 25 Aug 2015
    Theresa says:
    you were an amazing person. I know you will be watching over us from heaven, you and Rhiannon have fun riding thru the heavens. You will truly be missed.

  21. 25 Aug 2015
    Su Zi says:
    We had some laughs, didn't we, girl.

  22. 25 Aug 2015
    Hellena says:
    Irene - So sorry that you've left us too soon. You were always welcoming and open to newcomers to STRIDE and always had a positive word to say! Enjoy the green fields in heaven, full of horses! Deep sympathies to the family and friends.

  23. 25 Aug 2015
    Laurie Bush says:
    Missing you every day. Pet my ponies, please. Sheik will be looked after for the rest of his days, so never worry about him.

    Love you

  24. 25 Aug 2015
    Kelly Flynn-Dawson says:
    Rest in peace Irene, you are loved and missed by many.

  25. 25 Aug 2015
    Donna says:
    Ride like the wind

  26. 25 Aug 2015
    Rhonda says:
    From the moment we met, it was more like a reunion of old friends. Your openness and wonderful laugh made it all possible. I am better for knowing you. I am so sorry our schedules kept conflicting and we never had that visit. I guess it'll have to wait a while. But, when I get there, I promise to let you give me those riding lessons so we can ride into the fields all day long. With much love until we meet again, Happy Trails

  27. 25 Aug 2015
    Lynda says:
    WOMAN, I'll be wanting that Hug when I get there. Find us some fun trails. I have many good memories that will have to do till we meet again. Let her Run. Love you Renie!

  28. 25 Aug 2015
    carrie coy says:
    I will miss you forever. I love you and always will. But i have many many,great memories to keep smiling

  29. 25 Aug 2015
    Barbara M. Brown says:
    Renie,the world was a better place because you were here.You touched the lives of so many people and animals and asked nothing in return.

    You were my third sister, and I miss you so much.

  30. 25 Aug 2015
    Fiona Lindsay-Delfino says:
    The world is not the same without you. You touched the lives of many. Thank you for introducing me to STRIDE Dressage. And for all the times you have mentored me.

  31. 25 Aug 2015
    Erika says:
    We love you beautiful and I am going to miss you're "big but" <\3 I know you were in pain Now you're not so that means you're not suffering anymore which makes all of us happy it's not the way we wanted nor planned on this is what it would take but god gained a beautiful kind hearted angel watch over all of us
    🐎Ride on angel Ride on🐎

  32. 24 Aug 2015
    Aisha M. Tross says:
    Even though there were miles between us, I always felt your love. You will forever be in my thoughts, cousin. I love you!

  33. 24 Aug 2015
    Cindy Pulvertaft Murphy says:
    I will always treasure my memories of our friendship.
    Miss you & rest in peace.

  34. 24 Aug 2015
    Susan West says:
    Rest in Peace Pink Lady. I have nothing but the fondest memories of you.

  35. 24 Aug 2015
    Mary says:
    I'm so grateful to have met you, you were and will forever be the best horsewoman I will ever know. I'll miss you.

  36. 24 Aug 2015
    Steve says:
    Irene you touched the lives of so many just by knowing you. I will miss our walks through the Market of Marion, driving Ruby, and all the laughs in your living room. You were a fiery spirit and will be severely missed. There was a rainbow while driving home and I am sure it was the trail you left behind riding Rhiannon. I love you and miss you. Until we meet again.

  37. 24 Aug 2015
    Jeff Broederdorf says:
    Irene, I miss you so much already. You have taught me so much in the time I have known you! I love you soooo much and miss you horribly!! Enjoy the ride kiddo and remember " Stick your boobs out and smile".

  38. 24 Aug 2015
    Sis Rosr says:
    As I was doing my morning walk I looked up and saw a long line of white puffy clouds with pink running thru them. I could just picture Irene riding across those clouds with that precious smile and of course her pink hat. (don't need a helmet up there. Happy trails girlfriend until we meet again. Love Sis and the boys

  39. 24 Aug 2015
    Lynn Zachary says:
    Irene was on loan to us and I am forever grateful that our paths crossed. She was the most inspirational woman I have ever had the pleasure to meet. My life will never be the same after knowing you Renie. May God hold you as dear as we all have.

  40. 24 Aug 2015
    Jodi Ely says:
    You were 'a force' for sure, Irene!
    You went out blazin' and not feeling sorry for yourself at all. Kudos, lady!

    Burn bright! Enlighten many!!

    Go kick ass in your next adventure! We'll miss you here!

  41. 24 Aug 2015
    Grace Glavin says:
    My daughter Elizabeth and I were always pleased and comforted by your dancing eyes and sincere smile. A joy to have known you.

  42. 24 Aug 2015
    Brandie Lawson says:
    The stars above us shine down over us to remind us of the ones we have lost. So look up to them and remember all those special moments and smile. Rest In Peace Irene, may U find peace and comfort with our Lord. My deepest sympathies, thoughts & prayers go out to your family!

  43. 24 Aug 2015
    Judie says:
    lu you have no idea how I miss you so much I'm lost lu I know that you are in a better place and free of pain love ya lu Your Ethel

  44. 24 Aug 2015
    Somebody posted an image:
    Irene & Rosebud at the Horse Park 2008
    Irene & Rosebud at the Horse Park 2008

  45. 24 Aug 2015
    Somebody posted an image:
    STRIDE Awards Banquet 2002
    STRIDE Awards Banquet 2002

  46. 24 Aug 2015
    Somebody posted an image:
    Irene drives Rosebud and Goldie in tandem
    Irene drives Rosebud and Goldie in tandem

  47. 24 Aug 2015
    Somebody posted an image:
    STRIDE Riding Camp at Grand Oaks
    STRIDE Riding Camp at Grand Oaks

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