Irene Dodd Sachen

By on April 2, 2009

Irene Dodd Sachen, 91, of Jefferson City, Tenn., formerly of Kaneville, passed away at her daughter’s home in Jefferson City, Tenn., on Monday, March 23, 2009.

She was born Feb. 22, 1918, the daughter of Fredrick and Chestie (Beck) Schleifer in Kaneville.

Irene grew up in Kaneville and attended local schools while her parents owned and operated the Schleifer Grocery Store in town.

In October, 1937, she was united in marriage to Lewis Dodd, and they made their home in Elburn.

Irene’s life changed drastically on May 29, 1962, when her husband died suddenly.

Irene lived in Elburn for 32 years and worked for Furnas Electric for over 25 years before she retired in 1976.

She was lucky in love for a second time when she was united in marriage to Theodore Sachen on Oct. 29, 1976, in Las Vegas, Nev. They made their home in New Port Richie, Fla., where she found that many elderly people need some help and she was the one to do it. It gave Irene great satisfaction to be able to help others pay their bills, do their banking, housework and grocery shopping. While at home and much to her friends’ delight, Irene baked goodies to share whenever she would visit them.

Following the death of their son-in-law, Ervin Rada, in 2003, Irene and Ted moved with their daughter Marlene to Jefferson City, Tenn., where they made their home near Marlene’s daughter and son-in-law, Faith and Mark Henrikson. One year later, Ted’s health began to decline and Irene had to say goodbye to Ted for the last time on July 22, 2006.

In 2004, Irene and Marlene moved to Jefferson City, Tenn., where they have since made their home.

Irene is a member of the Community Congregational Church of Elburn.

Irene’s number-one love was her grandchildren. In second place was cooking. From baking to canning, cooking delicious meals and home grown, fresh-squeezed orange juice, Irene said “I love you” in dozens of delicious ways.

She is survived by her family, Marlene Rada of Jefferson City, Tenn., and Lonna (Jerry) Schmidt of Elburn; seven grandchildren, Faith (Mark) Henrikson of Jefferson City, Tenn., Gene Fink of Park Forest, Ill., Jim (Beth) Schmidt of Cottage Grove, Tenn., Kevin Schmidt of Elburn, Kelly (Matt) Durbala, also of Elburn, Jim Rada of Cottage Grove, Tenn., Shelly (Ken) Coupe of Naperville; nine great-grandchildren, two nieces, and three nephews.

She now joins her parents; two husbands, Lewis Dodd and Ted Sachen; one son-in-law, Ervin Rada; one brother, Ralph Schleifer; one brother-in-law, Harry Meltzer; and one sister, Thelma Peiffer, who preceded her in death.

Visitation was held the morning of March 30, with a funeral service to celebrate her life following. Interment followed at Blackberry Township Cemetery, Elburn. The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Dire, pastor of the Community Congregational Church of Elburn, officiated.

A memorial has been established in her name. Checks may be made to the “Irene Dodd Sachen Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL, 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through