Irene M. Guenther
1934 - 2020
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Irene M. Guenther

Born: May 22, 1934; Peru

Died: June 25, 2020; Peru

PERU – Irene M. Guenther, 86, of Peru, died at 11:32 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru.

A memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Irene will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Peru on July 25th, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. The Barto Funeral Home in Spring Valley is assisting the family.

Irene was born on May 22, 1934 in Peru to William and Mary (Meyer) Sale. She married William C. Guenther on June 20, 1952 at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Ladd.

She worked at Denler's Supermarket in Peru as a bookkeeper and cashier until retiring. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Peru. Irene graduated L-P High School in 1951 as the valedictorian, and then attended Northwestern University. She was an amazing pie maker.

Irene is survived by her husband, William of Peru; one son, Dr. William (Jane Marie) Guenther of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina; two daughters, Jane (Tom) Heun of Jefferson, Iowa, and Julie (Mitch Lieber) Guenther of Chicago; seven grandchildren, Sean Guenther, Adam (Alicia) Heun, Daniel (fiancée, Becca) Brei; Anne (Joe) Frankl, Dr Chad (Dr Mariam) Guenther, Dr Elizabeth (Dr. Grant) Harmon, Hana Lieber, one great-grandchild, Hallie Jane Frankl; and multiple nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Walter and Raymond Sale; and two sisters, Pauline Callahan and Mary Lehn.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Peru.

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Published in News Tribune on Jun. 30, 2020.
Mass of Christian Burial
10:30 AM
St. Joseph Catholic Church
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July 10, 2020
My sympathy goes to all the family. Irene was always a great host when I would go to her house in rural Spring Valley to be with my classmate, Julie.
Please know that my prayers go to all of the family. has been a very long time that we have seen each other. My email is if you would like to connect. Blessings to all of you
Mary Jo Urbanski
July 1, 2020
Irene was a very special person, always with a smile on her face and an open heart. Indeed, her pies were exceptional. My sympathy to her entire family.
Betty Lou Willand
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