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Irene Hasenstein

June 4, 1928 November 21, 2018
Irene Hasenstein
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Irene deGeus Hasenstein, 90, of Peoria Heights passed away peacefully on November 21, 2018 surrounded by her family.

She was born to Martin and Mabel (Mundt) deGeus on June 4, 1928 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Irene married her high school sweetheart, Donald E. Hasenstein, on June 25, 1949 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. They were married for 68 years. He preceded in her death.

She is survived by one daughter, Nancy Hasenstein-Kleffman (Dean) and three sons, Tom Hasenstein, Mark Hasenstein (Patty), Kurt Hasenstein (Lynn). Six grandchildren, Bill Hasenstein (Abby), Todd Hasenstein, Joe Hasenstein, Haley Harlen (Alex), Jake Hasenstein and Jenna Hasenstein and three great-grandchildren, Cadence, Maddox and soon to arrive Kennedy.

Irene was a secretary at Bradley University, Great Central Insurance, and Caterpillar before becoming a full-time wife and mother. Irene was known for the painting of the fire hydrants in Peoria Heights in the 1970’s. She transformed the hydrants into cartoon characters and animals. She also started the DARE program at Peoria Heights Grade School. Irene put her artistic talents to work in a lathe art business called the “The Woodworks”. The business allowed Irene and Don to combine their talents into creating a unique style of art that lasted for more than 25 years.

Our mother was the heart of our family. She encouraged us to our greatest potential and was always there when we needed her.

Per her wish’s cremation has been accorded and private family services will be held.

In lieu of flowers the family would like donations made to the Richards Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. We Sincerely thank the hospice team for their kind and professional help as we walked through this journey with Mom.

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