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Irene Mae Coomer
November 17, 1933 ~ November 17, 2023 (age 90) 90 Years Old
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Irene Mae (Henning) Coomer left us peacefully to join her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on her 90th birthday, November 17, 2023. Five and half months of being separated from her husband Jim in death was all her broken heart could handle. Irene was born on November 17, 1933 in Oak Park, Illinois to Louis and Florence (Kindman) Henning. She was the baby of the family with two older brothers (Louie and Glenn) and a beloved cousin (Bunny) who grew up in their household.
Following high school, Irene left Chicago to attend Northern Illinois State Teacher’s College (now NIU) in Dekalb, IL to fulfill her lifetime dream of becoming a teacher. She taught briefly in Chicago, and then in California, until her mom passed away unexpectedly in July 1958. This event brought Irene home to Chicago to live with her dad while he coped with this loss. Thankfully, Irene started attending the Clearing United Methodist Church in Chicago in 1959 where she met the love of her life, Jim Coomer. Both were seriously dating others at the time, but that all changed quickly. At a New Year’s Eve party ringing in the new year, 1960, Jim asked Irene to marry him and 6 months later, on June 11, 1960, Jim and Irene were wed for life!
Jim and Irene moved to their “starter home” at 5666 S. Thurlow Street in Hinsdale where they raised their 2 daughters and then stayed for 55 years. Irene returned to teaching at the Maercker School District #60 where she taught 1st and 3rd graders for 18 years. Shortly after moving to Hinsdale, Jim and Irene joined a very new church, Hinsdale United Methodist Church. Irene was very active there for nearly 60 years serving on numerous committees, Mother-Daughter banquets, Madrigal dinners, circles, choirs, and in various positions including President of the United Methodist Women. She was in charge of the HUMC prayer chain for many years because being a prayer warrior for family and friends was of upmost importance to her.
Irene had personal ministries that were also important to her. She faithfully wrote letters of encouragement to countless college students and always included a dollar or two to buy a coke. She was a gift giver as well. Many loved ones have Irene’s crocheted dish rags, counted cross-stitch pictures, or even a Methodist spatula. She continued making new friends when Irene and Jim moved to Oak Trace in 2013 and became Ambassadors there welcoming new residents. She will be remembered as a committed, Christian woman, an entertainer full of silly songs and mischief, and a delightful and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, and friend.
Irene was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, and beloved husband of 63 years, Jim. She is survived by her daughters Laura (Daniel) Bauer and Cari Coomer; and her granddaughters Melanie (Robert) Trenkler and Bethany (Robert) LeLaurin. Irene was buried at a private service on November 22, 2023 at Mount Emblem Cemetery in Elmhurst, IL.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, February 17 2:00 pm at Hinsdale United Methodist Church at 55th St. and Garfield in Hinsdale. Memorials may be made to Hinsdale United Methodist Church, 945 S. Garfield Street, Hinsdale, IL 60521.