Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories, Cedar Rapids, where friends may call after 10 a.m. on Tuesday. Inurnment is at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel Mausoleum Columbarium. Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Irene was born in LaCrosse, Wis., to Edmund A. Anderson and Ruth (Becker) Anderson on Dec. 31, 1922. She lived in Texas for a short time before returning home to LaCrosse, where she met and married Delmar Duffy on Sept. 8, 1944. They returned to Long Beach, Calif., where he was stationed in the Army. After the birth of their first child, they returned to LaCrosse. They were blessed with six more children before moving to Cedar Rapids in 1962. Here, they made their final home and were blessed with one last child. Irene worked at Mercy Medical Center and later at Rockwell-Collins.
After the passing of her husband in May 1985, Irene spent winters in Tampa volunteering at hospitals, bowling with friends and playing cards and bingo. Here, she met her second love, Sherman Bunn, and they spent years together traveling to many places such as Australia, Turkey, Brazil and Germany, until his passing in June 2010. Irene continued to bowl well into her 80s and provided 27 years of volunteer service to the hospitals. Irene led a full and adventurous life. She enjoyed singing and was active in church choirs. Irene spent summers in Iowa and Illinois where she enjoyed the company of her family. She will be deeply missed by those whose lives she touched.
Survivors include her children, Patricia (Jeffrey) Osterhout, Victoria, Texas, Lynda Duffy, Eugene, Ore., Kathy Carnicle, Cedar Rapids, Tim (Lori) Duffy, Rock Island, Jayne (Randy) Glandorf, Cedar Rapids, Therese (Stephen) Connolly, Earlham, Iowa, Tom (Becky) Duffy, Shellsburg, Iowa, and Dan (Barb) Duffy, Kansas City, Mo.; two brothers, Wallace Anderson, LaCrosse, Wis., and Bill (Elaine) Anderson, Mesquite, Nev.; two sisters, Janis (Leon) Goudy, New Cumberland, Pa., and Betty (Lamont) Rommes, LaCrosse, Wis.; 30-plus grandchildren; 31-plus great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by Delmar, her loving husband of 41 years; Sherman Bunn, her loving companion of 12 years; a brother, Robert Anderson; a sister, LaVern Keister; and a granddaughter, Tammy Osterhout.
"The children of Irene Duffy would like to thank the ICU staff at Memorial Hospital of Tampa. Your compassion and care for our mother was outstanding. You cried with us, and held us up as we helped her to go home. May God Bless You All."
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