IRENE A. SUCH NEAL (nee Papp), age 89. Mother of the late John “Jack” Such and Nancy Henry; sister of the late Mary Suhaney, Rose Mills, Lester Papp, G. Steve Papp, Julius Papp and Andrew Papp; grandmother of Danny (Audrey) Fassett, Clint Fassett, Pat (Karen) Henry, Donna Agens and Tim Henry; great-grandmother and special aunt and friend of many. Funeral Service 11:00 AM THURSDAY at BODNAR-MAHONEY FUNERAL HOME 3929 LORAIN AVE. CLEVELAND 216-631-3075 where the family will receive friends 3-7 PM WEDNESDAY. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery.
Irene was a member of the Cleveland Police Department for 33 years having retired in 1981. She began her career in the Police Women’s Bureau which was a separate unit staffed by female police officers who handled all investigations associated with women and children. She also worked in vice details and assisted the FBI and the Cleveland Narcotics detectives in a drug bust which involved her posing as a drug addict and making drug buys. This culminated with the arrest of a main drug distributor and her story appeared in the Official Detective magazine. She was presented with the Cleveland Plain Dealer Distinguished Service Award. Irene became one of the first female Cleveland Police Detectives and was assigned to the Intelligence unit where she continued her assigned duties until her retirement.Print Obituary & Condolences