Irene Babler, age 91, passed away Sunday, October 26, 2014, at The Villa at Middleton Village after a short illness.
Irene and twin sister Eileen were born in Madison, WI on August 3, 1923, the youngest children of Dr. William and Alice (Collins) O’Dwyer of Dane, WI. The twins graduated from Butternut High School in 1940.
Irene was working at “The Spanish” on State Street in Madison when she met Monticello native Carl Babler, and they married on May 29, 1948. Much of their married life was spent in New York City, where Carl worked as an accountant for the Royal Bank of Canada, and Irene worked for several companies including R.H. Donnelley, a telephone book publisher. They enjoyed the daily commute via the Staten Island Ferry to their offices in Manhattan, and had an active social life on Staten Island, including summers spent in a seaside cottage at the Cedar Grove Beach Club. Irene loved traveling by train on visits home to Wisconsin.
After retirement, Irene and Carl built a home near Lecanto, Florida, and relaxed by the swimming pool and tended their cats, Dum-Dum and Little Bits.
Irene worked as a volunteer at the Ted Williams Museum near her home in Florida. After her beloved husband Carl died, Irene returned to Madison and gave time to her local library, the Madison police department, and most recently the V.A. Hospital, where she was still working until three weeks before her death, amassing over 8,000 hours of volunteer time while continuing her search for “another good Swiss guy”.
Irene is survived by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; stepmother Mary Collins O’Dwyer; husband, Carl Babler; sisters, Patricia Gleiter and Eileen O’Dwyer ; and brothers, William and Joseph O’Dwyer.
Memorials are preferred to a Veterans charity of your choice. Interment will be at Sunset Memory Gardens in Madison at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 5, 2014.
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