May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
I was a student of Mrs Van Gundy at Greeley west in 1979 she was a great lady. Mary (hamman) Foos fort collins colorado
My Aunt Irene was a remarkable person in going back to school, after being a housewife and going through a divorce, to earn her degree and become such an outstanding teacher. Being a banker in Denver, I was always amazed at the number of students that recognized our last name and always asked if I was related. Those former students always said she was one of the best teachers that they ever had. She will be missed.
I remember Irene's young days back in Sterling. She and my mother Mary Yenter Kloberdanz and Betty Howe We're always busy reading and running around together. I'm sure Irene's influence was what kept my mother reading throughout her life up until the time Alzheimer's Took it away from her. I'm thank Irene fondly for her influence and friendship to them both.RIP
I worked with Irene for years at Greeley West, and I always envision her bustling from place to place to get things done to get to the baseball game. She loved her baseball team. Irene was a no nonsense teacher who cared for each student who walked through her door, and she expected them to be at their very best. They responded by being at their very best. She was a dedicated friend who would always go the extra mile for you and be there to raise your spirits when those tough days hit. Irene will definitely be pulled into service immediately in the big classroom on the other side.