Feb. 19, 1923 - May 22, 2012
Irene Helen Dufek, 89, of Bend, passed away May 22, 2012. She was born on February 19, 1923, in Ashland, WI, to Joseph and Anna (Poyer) Dufek. She was the last of 13 children in a good Catholic family. She grew up and attended school in Wisconsin and Michigan. Irene moved to Bend over 50 years ago and retired from U.S. Bank as a secretary. She loved Bend so much and still has many friends here. Bend had truly become her second home.
While most of her family is from Wisconsin, she would visit there every year when she could. Even though Irene hated to cook, she loved good food. She was a regular at the deli counter at Newport Market and when she was sick, they delivered her food and beer. Going out to eat with friends was one of Irene's favorite pastimes, and the Pine Tavern was one of her stomping grounds.
She is survived by two sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews, especially Karen Bodin of Eagan, MN.
A celebration of her life will be held Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. in the Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home. Those who wish, may make memorial contributions to Partners In Care Hospice, 2075 NE Wyatt Court, Bend, OR 97701. Please visit the online registry for the family at www.niswonger-reynolds.com