Katelyn Paige Irwin, cherished family, friends

March 31, 2022

Katelyn Paige Irwin, 18, of Rehoboth Beach, passed away tragically Saturday, March 26, 2022.  She was born Aug. 12, 2003, in Dover, daughter of Jody Breen and Michael Irwin.

Katelyn was a senior at Cape Henlopen High School and was looking forward to walking with the graduating class of 2022.  She belonged to the Boys & Girls Club, where she made many friends and wonderful memories.  Katelyn loved family far and wide, from Florida to upstate Pennsylvania, and treasured holidays and birthdays spent with her loved ones (gift cards were her favorite present).  Katelyn’s love of music, dancing, and concerts was only surpassed by her love for her many girlfriends and her boyfriend, Chris Purnell. Above all, she cherished time spent surrounded by those she loved most.  Katelyn was a loving and devoted daughter, sister, granddaughter, cousin, and friend.  Loved by many, she will be deeply missed by everyone who had the good fortune to know her.

Katelyn was preceded in death by her grandfather, “PopPop” Mike Irwin.  She is survived by her mother, Jody Breen and her fiancé Mike Bryant; and her father, Michael Irwin; her brother, Jimmy Irwin; her grandmothers:  “Mommom” Sandra Breen and “Mommom” Lynn Peronti; her many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends; and her beloved pets: her dog, Max, her kitty, Marmalaide, and her turtle, Penny.

A Celebration of Katelyn's Life will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 7, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Hwy., Lewes, where friends may call beginning at 10 a.m.  Interment will follow the services at Epworth United Methodist Cemetery, 187 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach.

Mask wearing is required and social distancing must be observed by all service attendees and participants.

All are invited to join the services via livestream by visiting

In Katelyn’s honor, the family requests visitors to wear white, purple or pastel casual attire.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a book or toy in Katelyn’s memory to her little brother Jimmy, age 6.

Visit Katelyn’s Life Memorial webpage and sign her virtual guestbook at

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