Irene Eleanor Rothe, 88, of New Milford, former half-owner of Char-Rene Gift Shop in New Milford, died April 13, 2010, at Candlewood Valley Health & Rehabilitation Center in New Milford.

Miss Rothe was born March 16, 1922, in New Milford, daughter of the late John F. and Helen Maude (Fortune) Rothe.

She was a 1939 graduate of New Milford High School.

Miss Rothe was secretary to the headmaster of Canterbury School in New Milford for many years.

She established Char-Rene's Gift Shop in New Milford with her late sister, Charlotte Rothe, in 1946. They operated the store until their retirement in 1986.

Miss Rothe was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, the Episcopal Church Women and the Girls Friendly of the church. She was active in the church through her retirement years.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held tomorrow (Saturday) at 11 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church on Whittlesey Avenue in New Milford.

There are no calling hours. Burial will be private.

The Lillis Funeral Home of New Milford is in charge of arrangements.