Irene Myers, 93, of Geneseo, passed away on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, at Hammond Henry Hospital – Long Term Care, Geneseo, IL. A private graveside service will be held at a later date for the family at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory -Geneseo Chapel is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Henry County Humane Society – Geneseo, 14606 Roos Hill Road, Geneseo, IL, 61254.
Irene was born October 1, 1928, the daughter of Daniel and Mabel (Anderson) Dodge, in Geneseo. Irene graduated from Geneseo High School, class of 1946. She then went on to graduate as a registered nurse (RN) from Evanston School of Nursing, Evanston, IL, in 1950. The nursing school at Evanston was an affiliated program of the College of Liberal Arts of Northwestern University. Upon graduation she became a surgical nurse at Hammond Henry Hospital and later became a private duty nurse for the hospital. She was united in marriage to William "Bill" Myers on May 7, 1950, in Geneseo. He preceded her in death in 2018. After the death of Bill's father, Jerry, in 1957; Bill and Irene co-owned – and in 1964, owned and operated – Myers Funeral Home. In 1976, Bill and Joe Wright formed a partnership, creating Myers-Wright Funeral Services. Both families operated the business until they retired in 1985.
She was a wonderful mother and grandmother. When not working, she enjoyed spending time with her family. Later in life, Irene enjoyed flower gardening, square dancing, playing bridge, and being a wonderful cook.
Irene leaves behind her two daughters, Jean (Wayne) Hulting, Chisago City, MN, and Lynn Myers, Geneseo, IL; grandchildren, Sarah (Mark) Ksiazek and Mark Hulting; great-grandchildren, Lucas Kziazek, Anna Kziazek, and Finn Hulting, all of Minnesota.
Irene was preceded in death by her parents, Daniel and Mabel Dodge; her loving husband of 68 years, Bill; and brothers, George, John, and Charles Dodge.
Posted online on February 26, 2022
Published in Geneseo Republic