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Irene Teresa Pantos

Published On: May 16 2013 12:42:43 PM CDT

FITCHBURG - Irene Pantos passed away at her home in Fitchburg, surrounded by her family on May 14, 2013, at the age of 84.

Irene was born in Luck, Poland on March 10, 1929. She lived as a child in various war torn countries in Europe before immigrating with her family to the United States. As a result Irene could speak seven different languages. She was employed for many years as a medical technologist at VA Hospitals. She loved working so much that after retiring from the VA she went back to work at the Poultry Sciences Lab which began her love of all things chicken. She also worked every summer for 19 years at the Wisconsin State Fair at the Poultry Booth. Irene's last job was at the Metcalfe Sentry in the deli department where she met a whole new set of special friends.

Spending time with her family and friends brought her the greatest joy in life. Each of her grandchildren will remember her for spoiling them and taking tremendous pride in their individual achievements. She loved the outdoors and all animals, as well as gardening. All who met her loved her sense of humor and adventure.

Irene is survived by her daughters, Pamela (Dave) Onken of Fitchburg, and Anna (Michael) Roidt of McFarland; seven grandchildren, Jonathan Roidt, Dean Onken, Nicholas Orcutt, Jake Onken, Angela Roidt; Brian Onken and Jenni Onken; great-grandchildren, Oscar and Henry Roidt; nieces and nephews, Fred and Leila El-Wakil, Michael and Nina Hilden and Mary (Don) Shipman and long-time friend of the family, Inge Siggelkow. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dimitri and Tatiana Pronin; and her sisters, Anna Hilden and Tatiania El-Wakil.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE CHURCH, 401 S Owen Dr., Madison on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at 12:30 p.m. with Monsignor Kenneth Fiedler officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison. Visitation will be held at the church on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of service.

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