|Birth: ||Oct. 28, 1933|
|Death: ||Feb. 3, 2012|
Irene Blaschke, née Reuter, was born in Barrington, IL to George and Mary Reuter, Irene was one of 12 siblings that made up the Reuter family. Irene had four sisters, Mabel, Ruth, Laura and Helen and seven brothers, Emil, Walter, William, Raymond, Leroy, Eugene and Leonard. Walter and Emil Reuter were close friends with Albert Blaschke and it was through them she met and eventually married Albert "Butch" Blaschke. They fell in love and were married in November of 1953 at St Paul Evangelical Reform Church in Barrington and settled into a home they had built in Palatine, IL. It was in this home that they were blessed with 3 children of their own, Dennis born in 1957, Lynn born in 1958 and Kathy born in 1964. During this time Irene and Butch enjoyed polka dancing, playing cards and the one thing that brought them the greatest satisfaction, family functions. Maintaining a strong bond between family members was the essence of Irene's existence. To her family was everything and she dedicated herself to ensuring that her family maintained strong ties in good times and bad.
Irene was recognized by family and friends as a wonderful cook. It was common to hear her laughing and chatting with a family member in the kitchen while preparing baked goods or a holiday meal. One way that Irene found to maintain strong family ties was to always set a few extra places for family at the Sunday afternoon dinner table. It was well known throughout the family that there was an open invitation to any family member who wished to join her and her family for Sunday dinner. Typically, you would find her brother William, her sister Mable and Mable's husband, George enjoying the Sunday dinner meal along with Irene's family but it wasn't uncommon for other family members to join them, as well. To Irene, having extended family over for dinner on Sundays was more gratifying that any meal that she could consume. It was nourishment for her soul. Later in life, as the children became older and more independent, Irene took clerical positions to keep busy. Irene treated her co-workers like extended family and because of this made many long time friendships. Butch retired in 1985 and he and Irene relocated to Sunland Village in Mesa, AZ. Soon, Irene and Butch took up shuffleboard, rode bikes, and played bingo along with many other activities available to them. Retirement also afforded them the time to travel. Butch and Irene enjoyed many vacations, but the most memorable was their trip to Hawaii and their 25th Anniversary trip to Las Vegas. Irene considered these vacations extra special.
While Irene enjoyed living in Arizona, most of her brothers and sisters still resided in the Midwest and she missed them very much. Eventually she was successful in encouraging her sister Mable to move to Mesa and her son Dennis and daughters Lynn and Kathy were now living in Phoenix, as well. Once again, Irene endeavored to maintain a strong family connection. Her focus now was on keeping her "Arizona Family" together. It was a special time for her and she dearly enjoyed having her children and six grandchildren; Bryan Polan, Lindsay Polan, Alex Polan, William Weber, Shannon Weber, and Eric Weber around her. It was just like old times in Palatine at her home in Sunland Village. No holiday or birthday passed without a family get together at "grandma's". Once again, you could hear Irene laughing and chatting in the kitchen or uttering an oath and good naturedly slamming her cards on the table after losing another round of "31". Sadly, Irene became widowed in 2010 when Albert passed due to complications from colon cancer. In 2011 Irene was diagnosed with advanced A.L.S., commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. It's a progressive disease that drastically impaired her quality of life. Irene passed on February 3, 2012 from complications from the A.L.S. Irene is survived by her two daughters, Lynn and Kathy, three brothers, William, Ray, and Leonard and 5 grandchildren, Lindsay, Alex, William, Shannon and Eric. Services to be held at Melchers Mission Chapel in Mesa, AZ. and will be laid to rest at Mariposa Gardens Cemetery in Mesa, Az.
Irene was strong and remarkable women who lived her life for her family. The flame of her memory can never be extinguished in our hearts.
Albert H. Blaschke (1921 - 2010)
Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park
Created by: P Barela
Record added: May 22, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 90539900