Irene Garamoni, 100, who was born in Oak Park, died on May 23, 2018 at her daughter’s home in Alexandria, Virginia. She lived in Oak Park and River Forest until 2011. Born on April 14, 1918, the daughter of Julius Breneisen and Mathilde Bedard, she graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School in 1936, and married Michael Garamoni in 1944. 

The couple made their home in Oak Park, where they raised their three children. She volunteered at Meals on Wheels, Pick-A-Pet Welfare Foundation, and St. Luke Church. She loved to travel and in her 70s took up tap dancing. In her early 80s, she began bowling with a senior league at Circle Lanes in Forest Park. Wednesday Journal profiled her in May of 2011 ( After 11 years, she gave up bowling (at the age of 93) when she moved to Virginia. Her first love, however, was always family. She celebrated her 100th birthday with them in April and was all smiles that day. 

Irene Garamoni was preceded in death by her husband, Michael; her son, James; and her grandson, Mark. She is survived by her daughter, Donna; her son, Michael Jr. (Cindy); six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

Memorial visitation will take place on Thursday, June 21 from 4 until 8 p.m., with a memory service at 7 p.m. at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St. in Oak Park. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 22 at St. Luke Church, 7600 W. Lake St., River Forest, followed by inurnment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to a charity of your choice.

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