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Irene I Dodge

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I can truly and proudly say that Irene was one of the classiest, intelligent, finest people I have ever had the honor to have known. I loved and charished spending time talking with her, because it was always an engagement of interesting thoughts, views and just plain fun.

She gave, not just superficial politeness, but real engaging attention, which challenge you and she expected the same from me. Her range of knowledge seemed unlimited. Also, funny, warm and wise. ...

I loved my Auntie I, and was blessed to be able to see her just a little over a year ago. She was always loving and caring, fun-loving, a gracious host in their home, and she made me feel special. Her young at heart spirit and her love for the Lord have left lasting memories for me. Mark and I send our love to you, Guy, Stacey, Larry and Velda.

I am so sorry for your loss, Guy. I got to know your mother through my visits to the Waterford over the years. She was quite the lady.

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.


Irene's Obituary

Irene I. Dodge died Sunday, September 22 at the Waterford at Edison Lakes in Mishawaka, IN at the age of 92. She was born June 18, 1927 in Chicago, ILto Hugo and Ida Eiler.

Surviving are her sons, Guy (Stacey Stewart) Bergquist of Mishawaka, IN and Larry (Velda) Bergquist of Alexandria, VA; grandsons Gary Fisher and Jay Bergquist of Falls Church, VA; stepchildren Bruce (Lisa) Newlander, Steve Newlander, and Donna Stanley;and a nephew and numerous nieces.

She was preceded in death by three husbands, Gordon Bergquist, Walter Newlander, and Kenneth Dodge; brother John Eiler, sister Mary Ann Young, and nephews Jack Eiler, Paul Thompson and Kenneth Bergquist.

Visitation will be held from 10-11 am Monday, September 30 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Villa Park, IL, with funeral at 11 am.  Interment will follow at Acacia Park Cemetery, Norridge, IL.

Strong willed, highly competitive, and deeply compassionate, Irene was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, mother-in-law, and friend. For 65 years she was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Villa Park, IL, where she participated in numerous activities, including the choir and bell choir. For the past four years she attended services at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Mishawaka, IN.

She worked as a secretary for Commonwealth Edison in Chicago, a bookkeeper and accounting assistant for Byrne & Co, and executive secretary at Dun & Bradstreet. Irene also served as PTA President and Cub Scout Den Mother. She was an avid traveler, whether by plane, train, automobile, or bus, and enjoyed the arts, music, reading, playing bridge and calling Bingo.

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