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Irene (Reifenrath) Kilduff
Service: December 28, 2018 (Friday) at 11:00 a.m.
Location: Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament Church

IRENE (Reifenrath) KILDUFF

(Age 96)  

 

Died on December 16, 2018, Irene (Reifenrath) Kilduff of Washington, DC. She is survived by her daughter, Katherine Kilduff (Paul Peterson) of Maryland, her sister, Marie Meyer of Nebraska and numerous nieces and nephews located throughout the country.  She was preceded in death by her husband, John Guyer Kilduff of Pittsfield, MA, her sisters Alice Maguire of WA, Ruth Ahalt of MD, Helen Mills of WA, Harriet Thomas of MD, and brothers Richard Reifenrath of NE, Wilfred Reifenrath of WA, and Harold Reifenrath of TN. 

Irene was born September 16, 1922 in Crofton, NE to John Reifenrath of  St. Helena, NE and Bertha Gerlach Reifenrath of Dubuque, IA. The family moved to Columbus, NE where Irene attended St. Bonaventure High School (now Scotus H.S.) graduating in 1940. 

During WWII, Irene followed her sister, Ruth, to the East Coast arriving in Washington, DC in January 1943.  She often told the story of taking the train from Nebraska and was to meet her new brother-in-law at the station.  When she asked her sister how she would recognize him, Ruth said, “oh, he’ll be the one wearing a uniform.” Irene found a job working for the FBI examining fingerprints.  She met her husband Guyer in DC and they married in September 1952.  After becoming a mother and young widow, she went back to work for Reuben H Donnelly, and later as a secretary for the NIH and the Department of the Navy. 

Irene and her late husband purchased their beloved home in NW DC in the early sixties, which Irene maintained by herself until very recently.  She mowed her own lawn into her early 90s. Irene was a devoted member of St. Ann’s Parish.  Irene loved sewing often for herself and family. Being an excellent seamstress, she was often called into action when friends of Kathy’s needed bridesmaid dresses.  She enjoyed traveling with her sister Helen to research family genealogy including trips to Germany and Ireland.  Together they compiled extensive family histories. She enjoyed visits to see Marie and Julian in Nebraska and staying with relatives all across the country.  She would welcome family into her home with special “guest of honor” privileges.  Irene was an avid reader, enjoying histories and historical fiction.  

Most recently, Irene relocated to Forrest Hills of DC (formerly the Methodist Home) where she made many friends with residents and staff. 

A funeral mass will be held December 28, 11:00 am at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Washington, DC with visitation starting at 10:00 am.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to BrightFocus Foundation for Macular Degeneration Research. 

BrightFocus Foundation for Macular Degeneration Reseach

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