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Irene Rader

September 21, 1921 February 20, 2020
Irene Rader
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Obituary for Irene Rader

Irene Rader passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on February 20, 2020. She was 98 years old. Irene was born in Ossineke, Michigan on September 21, 1921 to her parents Emma and William Brilinski. She was one of twelve children in the Brilinski family.

Before she was 20 years old, Irene received a teaching certificate and taught in a one-room schoolhouse in Ossineke (all grades – at the same time). As a young woman she came to Detroit to work as an accountant in manufacturing. She was married to Glenn Rader in 1947 and spent her life raising and nurturing her three children.

Irene was a Lutheran Christian woman of great faith throughout her life. She was a self-taught, accomplished artist and loved music of all genres (both Elvis Presley and Bob Seger were on her list of favorites). She loved to stay on top of politics and contemporary issues; always seeking a good debate with others. Irene was also known for being a very modern, stylish person her entire life. At 98, having the right earrings for going to the hospital was still on her checklist.

Irene is survived by her three children – Glenn (Karen), Roxanne and Sara, her grandchildren Shannon and Devon, and her great-grandchildren Sydney and Patrick.

A visitation and funeral service will be held on Friday, February 28, 2020, at The Church of the Master, 3333 Coolidge Hwy, Troy, MI 48084. Visitation 10 am. Funeral Service 11 am. Refreshments immediately following the funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, Irene requested that contributions be made to The Church of the Master in her name (same address as above).


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