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Irene Blakeley

December 7, 1934 September 22, 2018
Irene Blakeley
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Irene Blakeley, 83, passed away on September 22, 2018. She was born in The Bronx, New York. on December 7, 1934 to Richard and Dorothy (nee Gibbs) Tilschner.

Irene did more in a day than most people do in a week. Having many interests and hobbies, she spent her time avidly reading mysteries, gardening, cooking, redesigning the interior & exterior of her home and her children’s homes, riding her horse, enjoying her Labradors & granddogs, and volunteering at a local nursing home. She was a loving grandmother to her three grandchildren, and they enjoyed her sharp wit, wisdom, and joie de vie. Despite being busy, Irene always found time to stop and explore new places, whether it was a old barn, new place to eat, or a garden shop. Always game to try new things, she shot her first pistol at the age of 80. A lifelong love of hotdogs from her East Coast upbringing, Superdawgs on Milwaukee & Devon was her favorite place to go until the end. Irene always said “hotdogs make things better”. She will be sorely missed by all whose lives she touched.

Irene is survived by her husband Verne; children Douglas Blakeley, Linda Paddock and Pamela Blakeley; grandchildren Richard Paddock, Samantha Paddock and Elizabeth Paddock; siblings Richard, Doris and Wayne. She was preceded in death by her parents.

There will be a private service held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Shriners Hospitals for Children 800-237-5055 or in loving memory of Irene Blakeley. Info: Wenban Funeral Home (847) 234-0022 or

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