Irene P. Lochen, age 78, of Round Lake Beach, died Monday, December 31, 2007 at Condell Medical Center, Libertyville.
She was born October 21, 1929, to Hans and Anna (Lorentzen) Larsen. On April 24, 1947 she married Thomas J. Lochen who preceded her in death on June 19, 1998.
Formerly of Wauconda, Irene had lived in Round Lake Beach since 1994. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Round Lake. She often volunteered to help with the cleaning of the church. She also volunteered at the Tri-County Thrift Shop.
Irene enjoyed gardening, tending to her flowerbeds, and she loved to sew. She also made beautiful dolls.
Survivors include eleven children, Thomas (Marie) Lochen of Lebanon, TN., Don Lochen of Crystal Lake, Cathe (Philip) Gerhardt of Twin Lakes, WI., Debbie (Andy) Nilsson of Cary, Therese (Jack) Sloan of Grayslake, Cynthia (Hank) Demlow of Wheaton, Mary Akres of Round Lake, Jeannie (Brad) Korando of Pleasant Prairie, WI., Edwin Lochen of Round Lake, Cathy (Tim) Weiler of Twin Lakes, WI., Bryan (Julie) Lochen of Island Lake; thirty-one grandchildren; and many great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas; a daughter, Patricia Cone; two sons, Mark and Paul Lochen; a grandson, Thomas; and her parents.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 2, 2008, at Justen’s Round Lake Funeral Home, 222 N. Rosedale Court, Round Lake, IL. 60073.
The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, January 3, at St. Joseph Church, 114 Lincoln Avenue, Round Lake, Il.
Interment will be in Ascension Cemetery, Libertyville.
For those wishing to extend an expression of condolence, the family would appreciate memorials to Catholic Charities for the Blind.
For information call the funeral home at 847-546-3300. On-line condolences may be sent to the family at www.justenfh.com