Irene Ida Banks Mazel

by | Jun 10, 2021 | Obituaries

Virginia Beach—Irene Ida Banks Mazel, 90, passed away on May 9, 2021.

She was born to William and Lottie Banks, one of seven children. She graduated high school at 16 and worked for United Insurance Company from age 17 to 31. She liked to say “I had 47 men under me” to describe her responsibilities.

Irene was active in many local organizations, serving as president of the PTA at the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater and president of the Sisterhood at B’nai Israel Congregation many times.

Irene personally cared for her husband, Willie, for the last 10 years of his life. She was a selfless mother who cared greatly for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Irene was preceded in death by her husband and youngest son, Joel. She is survived by her sons Mark (Hindi) Mazel and David (Jodi) Mazel, a brother Howard Banks, a sister Trudy (Behrooz) Dayanim, and many nieces and nephews. She has nine grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.

Her family thanks The Terrace at Beth Sholom and Freda Gordon Hospice for their care and B’nai Israel Congregation for its love and kindnesses throughout her life.

A graveside service was held at B’nai Israel Cemetery in Norfolk.

Memorial donations may be made to B’nai Israel Congregation.