Irene A. (Mayers) Dienes

Died: Mon., Jul. 3, 2017


9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Wed., Aug. 02, 2017
Location: Kendall Funeral Home

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Wed., Aug. 02, 2017
Location: Kendall Funeral Home

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Irene Mayers Baron Dienes
Irene Dienes, age 99, of Blue River, passed away on July 3, 2017, at Boscobel Gunderson Care and Rehab in Boscobel, WI. Irene was born in Chicago, IL, on December 9, 1917, to Stanley Mayers and Anna Rojek and enjoyed her two older half-brothers Joe and Frank.
In 1936, Irene married Anthony Baron Sr., who preceded her in death along with her two children, Anthony Robert Baron Jr. (Susan Baron Beach of Cottonwood, AZ) and Elaine Baron Cranmer (Charles Cranmer of Naperville, IL).
In 1955, she married Rudy E. Dienes and gained two more children, Gary Dienes (and Marie) of Crown Point, IN, and Nancy Dienes Malesky (and Bill) of Bolingbrook, IL, from this union. Rudy preceded Irene in death having passed in December 2016.
Together they cherished their eight grandchildren: Lisa, Kristin, Kari, Jennifer, Carolyn, Sandy, Mark, and Brad. Nine great-grandchildren rounded out the rest of the family.  Irene just missed welcoming her great, great-grandson due in August.
Irene led a full life of 99 years. During a time when working women were not the norm, she became an entrepreneur by opening a beauty parlor and later a neighborhood bar on the near-north side of Chicago. She possessed a remarkable green thumb, was an amazing cook, and a life-long, voracious reader.
A child of immigrant parents, Irene believed that education was a ticket to a better life. She encouraged and was so very proud of each of her children’s, step-children’s, grandchildren’s, and great-grandchildren’s academic achievements.
After marrying Rudy, the couple spent many years in their home on Mobile Avenue in Chicago. When Rudy decided to retire, they spent a short time in Arlington Heights before moving to Blue River, WI. Irene’s brother, Joe, had started a house on 14 acres there when he returned from WW2. She and Rudy finished the home and cherished the past 30+ years in this beautiful part of Wisconsin. Irene joined Rudy in his American Legion and VFW activities and together they made many lasting friendships along the way. Thank you to all who helped them remain in the home and place they loved!
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday August 2, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the Kendall Funeral Home in Boscobel.  Father Faustino Ruiz SJS officiating.  Burial will be at a later date.  A Legion Axillary service will be held in conjunction with the memorial service.  Friends may call on Wednesday August 2, 2017  from 9:00 AM until the time of service. at the Kendall Funeral Home in Boscobel.   Online Condolences can be sent to

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Janet Lathrop
   Posted Sun July 09, 2017
You have my deepest sympathy for the passing of my dear Irene.I met Rudy and Irene when my son was in a play at the Toffler center entertainment show. They always sent me a birthday card even when I moved they sent a Christmas card. They both touched my heart .

Fred Goplin
   Posted Wed July 12, 2017
I would like to extend my sympathy for the loss of a great lady. I had the privilege of knowing both her and Rudy for several years. She was kind, funny, and a joy to be around. My thoughts are with you at the time or your loss.
Fred Goplin

Janet Lathrop
   Posted Wed July 12, 2017
I also needed to add after reading the obit how very proud Irene and Rudy were of their family, he brought pictures on different occasions to show me.thanks

Charleen Studnicka
   Posted Tue August 01, 2017
Dear Loving Family of Irene,

Thinking of you in the recent loss of Dear Mrs. Dienes. I miss sending the meals to her and their phone calls as well. She was always sweet on the phone. Now you have reached the end of need to come to our area after all those years. Sincere sympathy in the loss and may you have some special memories.


Phyllis Rattinger
   Posted Tue August 01, 2017
My deepest sympathies to the entire family. It was our pleasure to have Irene and Rudy as our good friends for many years. We have so many wonderful memories. She was such a special friend and lady. Prayers and thoughts are with Irene and the entire family.

Diane Froggatt-Coyle
   Posted Fri August 04, 2017
I was so sorry to learn of Irene's passing. She and Rudy were wonderful friends to my parents. They cherished their friendship and the fun times they had at the ARD-12 reunions. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting either of them in person, I enjoyed our phone calls and emails. I will miss them both. Sending wishes for peace and comfort to all of their family and friends.


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