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Irene Susanna Loy, 92, passed away peacefully on May 15, 2018. She was 92 years old. Irene was born on June 29, 1925 in Rockford, Illinois, the daughter of Joseph and Zuzanna (Zasada) Kowalewski. She graduated from Rockford East High School in 1942. Employed at Sundstrand Machine Tool as a stenographer during WWII. United in marriage to Robert A. Loy in a Naval Chapel in Panama Canal Zone on September 23, 1946. Lived on Far Fan Naval Base in Panama Canal Zone, then in Norfolk, VA; Bainbridge, MD; Imperial Beach, CA; and upon husband's retirement from the Navy returned to Rockford in 1963. Employed at Eleventh Street Auto Supply as a bookkeeper until moving to Singapore where her husband was transferred by Sundstrand in 1976 and lived there until husband's retirement in 1989. Former member of Alpine Lutheran Church and the church choir. Past member of Classic Chorale. Former officer of North Suburban Womens' Club, volunteered in the Babes Program of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Progam (RSVP) and Volunteers in Government of Rockford (VIGOR). Past member of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Navy Wives Club, and Sweet Adelines. Irene moved to Clive, Iowa in 2010, where she lived with her daughter Nancy and son-in-law John Wood until her death.
Predeceased by husband, Robert, parents, sisters Pearl Janoski, Sophia Eicksteadt, brothers Casey Kowalewski, Josh Kowalewski, and Eugene (Hogan) Kowalewski.
Survivors include brother Zygmund (Patricia) Kowalewski in Anchorage AK, daughter Nancy (John) Wood in Clive, IA, four sons: Professor David (Linda Goodhew) Loy, Niwot, CO, Gregory (June) Loy, Palo Alto, CA, Richard (Carol) Loy, Estes Park, CO, and retired U.S Air Force Major Kevin (Tamra), Brookfield, WI; five granddaughters: Carolyn (Brad) Manard, Tahra Loy (Andrew Grimm), Amanda (Jason) Lewis, Jessica (Jon) Agnich and Chelsea (Brian) Larsen; nine grandsons: Benjamin (Mary) Loy, Robert (Alexis) Wood, Brett Loy, Seth Loy, Noah Loy, Aaron (Hannah) Loy, Bryant (Jessalyn) Loy, Lucas Loy, and Mark Loy Goodhew; fifteen great-grandsons: Jonathan Clark, Benjamin Clark, Aidan Loy-Grimm, Kyle Lewis, Jameson Loy-Grimm, Korbin Lewis, Gavin Wood, Drake Wood, Bryson Loy, twins Lincoln and Jackson Larsen, Bennett Loy, Joshua Loy, Quinn Larsen, and Elliot Agnich; six great-granddaughters: Kendra Lewis, Evelyn Loy-Grimm, Scarlett Larsen, Natalie Wood, Elizabeth Agnich, and Sapphira Loy; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 18, 2018 at Alpine Lutheran Church, 5001 Forest View Ave., Rockford. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service in the church. Burial at Sunset Memorial Gardens immediately following.

Condolences & Shared Memories (5)

  1. Emily Fierce Gordon

    Macy, John, Carolyn, Robert and family, So sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you in this time.

  2. Yvonne Kryszczuk-Grimes

    I am so sorry to hear about Irene's passing. I purchased the Loy family home on 5th Ave in Rockford, IL from Mr and Mrs Loy many, many years ago and since have sold it. They were so kind to me and I communicated with them often, back then as they trusted me to make the purchase on contract. I wish I would have known your Mom when she went to my parish, St. Stanislaus Church.. Such a small world. My prayers are ascending for you and your family. Know your mom and dad, impacted my life more than they would ever know...Both of them were kind, generous people. May they rest in peace. Yvonne

  3. Donna Backstrom McCoy

    May you feel God's arms around you and trust in His strength and love. I am so very sorry for your loss. xoxo

  4. Sharon Peterson

    Holding you and your whole family close in thought and prayer, Nancy. My deepest sympathies!

  5. Jan Currier

    Irene will be missed. She was a loving, supportive aunt, and a strong woman. May she and her family find peace.

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