Irma Ellen Biehl Mack passed away on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, of natural causes, in the emergency room at the Cleveland Clinic in Indian River, Fla. Her daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Tom Coulter, Irma’s longtime caregivers, were by her side. She would have been 95 on Feb. 3.
She was born in Laurel in 1925 to the late Olla Beatrice Carey Adkins and Charles H. Adkins. She moved to Baltimore as a young adult where she met and married Harry Edwin Biehl. They had three children, Vivian, Sharon, and Deborah. Her husband Edwin died in February 1970.
In 1972, she met Anthony (Tony) Mack who owned the Straw Hat Supper Club in Catonsville, Md. Tony was the founder of “The Straw Hatters,” a roaring-twenties style band that was well known in the Baltimore-Metropolitan area. They married in 1980, and shared seven wonderful, married years together, before his death in December 1987.
She retired from her position as a payroll specialist with the Social Security Administration in 1986.
She is survived by her daughters, Vivian Biehl Gowallis (late husband Richard); Deborah Biehl Coulter and husband Thomas; stepdaughters, Karen Mack Schott and Linda Mack Miller; grandchildren, Richard A. Gowallis Jr., Thomas Gowallis, Maria Gowallis Johnson, Charles Wolf, Edwin Wolf and Donna Wolf Horton; great-grandchildren, Zoe and Izak Johnson, Andrew and Tiffany Wolfe, Ava and Monica Gowallis, and Devon Hunt and Nicholas Horton; step-grandchildren, Anne Coulter, Jeff Coulter and Amy Schott; and nine step-great-grandchildren. She was also a beloved aunt to many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death her parents; her husbands, Edwin Biehl and Anthony Mack; her beloved siblings, Elmer Clifton Adkins, Isabella Mae Adkins Funkhouser and Donald Edwin Adkins; and her beloved daughter, Sharon Biehl Wolf McCracken.
A viewing will be held at Heishman Funeral Home, 14116 S. Middle Rd., Edinburg, Va. from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, followed by a celebration of her life at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church Cemetery, 4109 Jerome Rd., Edinburg.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choosing in her name.
Arrangements are in the care of Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach.
An online guestbook is available at www.strunkfuneralhome.com.