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Irene, 89, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on March 17, 2010. She was born on March 24, 1920 in Bovey, Mn, resided in Chisago City, MN and spent the last 25 years as a winter resident in Sun Lakes, AZ. Her perpetual smile and positive outlook on life is her legacy and lesson for all who had the blessing to know her. She was preceded by her husband Kenneth, son Gary and grandson Allan Allman. Irene is survived by her brother Kalervo Makela, Lenexa, Kansas; sister Miriam Young, Mesa, AZ/North St Paul, MN; daughter Pamela Fox, Sarasota, FL; son and daughter-in-law Bruce and Debi Allman, Scottsdale; grandchildren Jennifer Allman, Nelson Fox, Georgia Bartylla, Charlotte Evenson, and Nick Bartylla; great grandchildren Maiya Bartylla, Vincent and Victor Evenson. A memorial service will be held at 10:30, March 24 at Valley of the Sun Mortuary, 10940 E Chandler Hgts Rd, Sun Lakes. Visitation will begin at 10:00.
Published in The Arizona Republic from Mar. 20 to Mar. 21, 2010