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ISLAND LAKE -Irene Louise Larson (nee Craig), 67, formerly of Hawthorn Woods, IL passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 at JourneyCare Hospice Center surrounded by her loving family. Irene was born on Nov. 18, 1946, the daughter of the late O.L. (Pete) and Bertha (nee Mayer) Craig. She is also preceded in death by her brother, Harry Lee Craig. Irene grew up in Arlington Heights graduating from Arlington High School in 1964. In October, 1972, she became the first female police officer in the village retiring in January, 1994. She enjoyed writing, cooking, crafts of any kind and was active in several clubs and her church. She is survived by her children, Sean, Mary, and Richard Larson; her grandson, Paul; sisters, Mary Thomas of Cumming, GA, and Linda Nitch of Arlington Heights, IL; brother, John Craig of Colorado Springs, CO; 1 nephew and 6 nieces; 10 great nieces and nephews; the father of her children, Steve Larson of Schaumburg, IL; her step-mother Barbara Craig of Sarasota, FL. A celebration of Irene's life will be held on Sat., Feb. 15, 2014 at 11am at the Covenant Church of Schaumburg, 301 N. Meacham Rd., Schaumburg, IL 60173, with a luncheon to follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her name may be made to the Covenant Church of Schaumburg Women's Ministries or to St. Jude Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, reference #35296274.
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald from Feb. 12 to Feb. 13, 2014
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