Theresa "Tessie" M (O'Brien) Irish , VRHS Class of 1962

MALTA Teresa M. Irish, 78 of Rockrose Way, died on Saturday, June 26, 2021, at Saratoga Hospital after a brief illness. She was born in Albany on June 21, 1943, and was the daughter of the late Bernard J. and Cylinda Willsey O'Brien. She was a graduate of the former Van Rensselaer High School in Rensselaer. Teresa was the beloved wife of the late Richard E. Irish who died in 1988. Teresa retired from Met Life in Latham where she had worked with the short term disability claims division. Earlier she worked for the New York Telephone Co. and the Carl Co. Teresa had been a communicant of St. Mary's Church in Crescent until moving to Malta where she attended Corpus Christi Church in Ushers. She loved dancing, playing cards, bingo, fishing and camping. She always enjoyed spending time with her friends and family, especially her grandchildren. She was the devoted mother of Bernard J. Irish (Maureen A.) of Halfmoon, Kevin R. Irish (Lisa) of Porter Corners, and Richard E. Irish II (Alana) of Schenectady; cherished grandmother of Abigael, Kathleen, Matthew, Emily, Gwendolyn and Daniel; also survived by several brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. The funeral will be held on Friday at 10:30 a.m. in Corpus Christi Church in Ushers where the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Calling hours will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday in the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Rte. 9, Clifton Park. Interment will be in Memory's Garden, Colonie. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice. For online condolences, please visit

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