BUFFALO GROVE – Iris Mae Coates Bruhnke, 87, of Buffalo Grove, died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013.
She was born April 7, 1925, to George and Henrietta Coates in Grand Rapids, Mich.
She became interested in music and took up the oboe in high school and continued performing in different orchestras her entire life. Music introduced her to Jerry Bruhnke, her husband of 20 years who passed Aug. 28, 1988. She loved to teach young children, and for two decades made a career of that in Johnsburg. She earned her master's degree in music education at age 55. After she retired, she continued to give private lessons.
Iris is survived by her children, Karen (William) Robinson and her stepchildren, Jay (Sue) Bruhnke and their children and grandchildren, and Kyle (Doreen) Bruhnke and his stepchildren and grandchildren. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Doreen Coates and her children and grandchildren; sister, Cindy (John) and their children; brother-in-law, Charles Liebman; and many nieces and nephews on the Bruhnke side.
Iris was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Donald H. Coates; and baby sister, Lorraine.
She will always be remembered for her high energy, good spirits and great zest for life with great love, and she will be missed. Peace at last, Mom. We love you.
The visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the funeral service at noon Monday, Feb. 18, at Ahlgrim Family Funeral Home, 415 S. Buesching Road, Lake Zurich. Interment will be in Restlawn Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Mich.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ALS Foundation or Main Stay Therapeutic Riding Program in Richmond.
For information, call the Ahlgrim Family Funeral Home, Lake Zurich, at 847-540-8871 or visit www.