ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Irene M. Verley, 85, of Arlington Heights, entered peacefully into Heaven on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, after a long battle with cancer and Alzheimer's Disease.
Irene was born in Iron Mountain in 1927, and graduated from Iron Mountain High School in 1945. After marrying her husband, Ralph Verley, the couple moved to Mississippi when Ralph joined the Air Force during the Korean War. They later returned to Iron Mountain and started their family.
Ralph worked for the Chicago Northwestern Railroad and accepted promotions that moved the family a couple of times first to St. Paul, Minn. and then to Wall Lake, Iowa before they settled down and made their home permanently in Arlington Heights in 1965.
Over the years, they had many close friends and neighbors that became a part of their large family, but they traveled back to Iron Mountain to see family often.
Irene worked as a lunch lady and loved her job and the kids at Mount Prospect High School in Illinois. She retired in 1985 to spend more time with her husband, children and grandchildren.
Every Sunday Irene's kids and grandkids would spend the day together at her house creating lifelong memories of childhood in the eyes of her family. She loved playing the piano and cards. And when it came to games, she had fun betting against the Cubs or Bulls to let her Grandkids win an easy quarter. Irene is treasured by her family and will always be missed.
She is survived by her brother, Albert and his wife Janet, as well as her sister-in-law Carmen Ambrosia of Iron Mountain. She is also survived by her children, William Verley and his wife Carol, and Teresa Reed and her husband Mike, as well as nine grandchildren and 15 great-grand children.
Irene was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Ralph Verley and her parents Josephine and Anthony Ambrosia. She was also preceded in death by her brother Raphael and his wife Signe; her brother Anthony and his wife Angeline; her brother Clarence; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ralph and Mildred Verley of Quinnesec.