Irene P. Chavez
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6/7/1945 - 6/12/2014
Irene P. Chavez, age 69, loving wife of Norm Chavez, devoted mother of four, nurturing grandmother of eight, and a doting great-grandmother of two, passed away at home surrounded by her family in Auburn, Calif., on Thursday June 12, 2014, following a courageous battle with brain cancer.
She was born June 7, 1945, in Los Angeles, Calif., to the late Patricio and Juana Rubalcava. She attended Garfield High School in East Los Angeles, Calif., graduating in 1963. She met Norm while working at Mary's Burrito Stand in May 1966; they were married on September 23, 1967 in Los Angeles, Calif., and in 1970 they moved to Anaheim, Calif.
She was an active volunteer at Dr. Peter Marshall Elementary School and St. Pius V Catholic School. She was a member of the Orange County Mother of Twins Club, St. Pius V Parent Teacher Organization and an avid bowler.
In 1989, they moved to their current home in Auburn, Calif. Irene was an active member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, where she volunteered in the office for several years. Irene was also deeply passionate and involved in the Auburn Inter-Faith Food Closet where she touched the lives of so many.
Irene loved being with family, especially at our "Monthly Family Dinner." She loved being a "Lady Knight" of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the "Special Events Committee," at St. Joseph's Church. She enjoyed spending money on her grandchildren and shopping with her daughters, and grand-daughters. She also enjoyed spending time with her many friends.
Irene is survived by: her husband Norm, her oldest daughter Katrina (Brad) Moddelmog, her son Norman (Stacy), her daughter Laura, her daughter and her partner Stephanie and Courtney Cooley; her grandchildren, Ryan (Stephanie) Moddelmog, Ashley (Lucas) Pacheco, Christopher Moddelmog, Alyssa Chavez, Sara Moddelmog, Michael Nuñez, Amanda Chavez, and Madison Nuñez; her great-grandchildren, Gavin Pacheco and Keegan Sharp, three brothers, Isaac (Joan) Rubalcava of San Jose, Calif., Robert (Elodia) Rubalcava of Riverside, Calif., Raul "Kino" (Barbara) Rubalcava of West Covina, Calif., her two sisters, Josie Donato of San Martin, Calif., and Gloria Moreno of Whittier, Calif. She is further survived by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister, Barbaro, Anthony "Tony", Patrick and Angie.
We would like to thank all of her doctors, especially Dr. Nora Wu, and their staff, the staff at Sutter Memorial and Sutter Auburn Faith, the members of the Visiting Nurses Association/Hospice and all of her friends and our family for their help and support.
The viewing will be from 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Friday, June 20, 2014 at Lassila Funeral Chapel, 551 Grass Valley Hwy, Auburn, Calif., with a memorial service and Rosary at 7:00 p.m.
Funeral services for Irene P. Chavez will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 21, 2014, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 1162 Lincoln Way, Auburn, Calif. Burial service will be at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery 25201 Foresthill Road in Foresthill, Calif., immediately following the church services.
LASSILA FUNERAL CHAPEL - Auburn
551 Grass Valley Highway
Auburn, CA 95603
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on June 17, 2014