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Irene T. Cantwell of Crystal Lake Irene T. Cantwell, 88, passed away Friday, April 27,2012, at Crystal Pines HealthCare. The daughter of Anton and Maria Mayer, she was born in Czechoslovakia on Feb. 17, 1924. Irene lived in Glenview for 46 years prior to coming to Crystal Lake two years ago. She was proud of her 29-year membership in the American Legion Women's Auxiliary/ Glenview, many years serving as the Poppy Day Chair. She was the ballet pianist for the Glenview Park District from 1968 to 1988. Irene really enjoyed shuffling her feet in the sand at Sanibel Island. She liked musk, nature and ice skating and was an avid reader, but most of an she enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who affectionately called her "Oma." She is survived by a son, David (Carol); a daughter, Deborah (Terry) Brown; six grandchildren, Claire Urbaszewski, Vanessa Cora, Emily (Dan) Ricci, Dan (Julie) Paxson, Kaitlin (Kevin) Knapp and Matthew Brown; and eight great-grandchildren, Aidan, Nicholas, Brianna, Olivia, Vincent, John, Natalie and Robyn. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry in 2009. A memorial visitation will be from 4 p.m. until the service at 7 p.m. Monday, May 7, at Skaja Bachmann Funeral Home, 7715 West Route 14, Crystal Lake. Interment will be private at Fort Sheridan Post Cemetery. For information, call the funeral home at 815-455-2233 or visit www.skajafuneralhomes.com.

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald from May 6 to May 7, 2012
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