Irene T. Gruthoff
Irene T. Gruthoff
  • September 10, 1917 - November 4, 2017
  • North Riverside, Illinois

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Irene (Smidl) Gruthoff, 100 years old, of Western Springs, IL, passed away Saturday, November 4, 2017. She was born on September 10, 1917 in Cicero, IL to Theresa (Tauer) and George Smidl. Loving wife of the late Henry W. Gruthoff. They were married in July 1939 (she often spoke of meeting Henry at the Big Apple Dance at Morton Junior College.) She is survived by many wonderful cousins.

Irene attended Morton High School, located in Cicero, IL and went on to attend Morton Junior College and graduated in June 1937. She later attended North Central College in Naperville, IL and received her Bachelor of Arts in 1956 with a focus on Education.

Irene taught many grades during her 35 years as a teacher. Irene concluded her teaching career at Forest Hills School and retired in June 1978.

Irene loved to dance (she danced at the World's Fair in the early 1930's in downtown Chicago, The Civic Opera House and the Ford Shell Theater). Her other passions in life included golf, horseback riding and traveling with her husband.

Irene was a member of the Cicero Rebekah Lodge for 78 years as she joined the Rebekah's in September 1939.

Irene was a devoted wife and a friend to many people. She will be dearly missed by many relatives and friends.

Visitation on Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am followed by Memorial Service and Interment at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 7750 W. Cermak Road, Forest Park, IL.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to The Chicago Lighthouse, 1850 W. Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60608.