Irene Brown Gutsche

Jan. 30, 1918 - Feb. 25, 2012

Irene Brown Gutsche passed away Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at Aurora VNA Zilber Hospice in Wauwatosa at the age of 94. She was born Jan. 30, 1918, in St. Paul, Minn., to Charles and Helen (nee Connell) Brown.

On May 31, 1941, she married George H. Gutsche in Riverside, Calif., where he was stationed while in the Air Force. In 1954, the couple moved to Waukesha. Irene was later employed at the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, State Probation and Parole until her retirement in 1981. She was a faithful member of St. Lukeís Lutheran Church, where she enjoyed singing in the choir. After retirement, Irene and George enjoyed spending the winter at their home in Naples, Fla., where they were members of Shepherd of the Glades Lutheran Church. She loved golfing, painting watercolors, genealogy and scrapbooking. She was a member of the Moor Downs Tuesday Ladies golf group. Irene also attended Calvary Lutheran Church in Brookfield.

She will be sadly missed by her three children, George J. (Lorraine) Gutsche Tucson, Ariz., Joel (Rhoda) Gutsche Phoenix, Ariz., and Eileen (Bruce) Sutherland of Menomonee Falls; five grandchildren, Tania and Alexander Gutsche, Paul Clifford, Colin (Carrie) Sutherland and Andrew (Betsy) Sutherland; and two great-grandchildren, Ty Sutherland and Emma Sutherland. She is also missed by her nephews, Charlie Robert Brown and Patrick Monaghan, and her step-grandchildren, Samantha Clifford, Sabrina Clifford and Charles Birts. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, George H Gutsche; her brother, Charles H. Brown; and a sister, Harriet Monaghan-De Meyer.

A private family service will take place and burial will be at Prairie Home Cemetery.

If desired, memorials in Ireneís name may be made to the charity of the donorís choice. For further information, please call Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035, or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com to leave the family an online tribute message.