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Marin Independent Journal
Tuesday, December 10, 2002


Irene Elizabeth Dole
A Novato resident for 25 years, died at Novato Community Hospital from congestive heart failure on December 6, 2002. Irene was born in Detroit, Michigan, the second youngest of seven siblings. She was trained as a stenographer in high school and was employed as a secretary for a number of firms in the Detroit area until her retirement in 1977. At that time, she moved to Novato to be with her son, Don, and his family. She was a gifted musician who began her study of the piano at the age of five. She loved sharing her gift with family and friends and often played sing-a-longs at the Novato Whistlestop meal site and more recently at her residence at Tamalpais Creek. For many years she accompanied the Sirenaders (Sirs in Retirement) singers at performances at convalescent and retirement homes throughout Marin County. Irene is survived by her only son J. Don, of Novato, her daughter-in-law Nancy, and two granddaughters Lisa of Novato and Jennifer of Point Reyes Station. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Charles Dole, who passed in 1959. Irene will be remembered by everyone whose lives she touch for her sunny disposition, warm smile, sense of humor and her genuine love of people. A Mass in remembrance of her life was celebrated for the immediate family on December 8th. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, December 13th, 2002 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Vincent's Chapel, Marinwood, California. Inurnment will be in Southfield Michigan. Irene was a breast cancer survivor. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Marin Breast Cancer Council, PO Box 511, Kentfield, CA. 94914, or to your favorite charity. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 415-897-1151




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