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Irene Foote

                                                                                                      “Mothers are the people who want your dreams to come true even more than you do. “

On January 2nd 2020, Irene Foote passed away after a difficult year of battling through hospital visits, rehab stays, and care places. She was happiest in her home with her bird Fogel and cat Zappy.  Irene loved her family and encouraged them to do whatever made them happy: support, smiles, love and always plenty of food was her motto.
Irene was born January 12, 1938 in Englewood NJ. She grew up with her sister Linda in a close knit German family that always got together for celebrations. Her first language was German, but English was quickly learned when she went out to play with the neighbors.
In 1957 she married Donald T. Foote and they had two children-Donald W. and Dorene. After visiting Don’s brother Russ, the family moved to AZ in 1972.  Luckily Irene’s son stayed in AZ so
she was able to watch her  three grandchildren(Dallas, Erynn, and Kourtnee) grow up. She tried to never miss any of their activities and helped in any way she could. When they grew up and gave her beautiful great grandchildren, she slowed down a little, but still tried to do what she could. Oh how she loved them. She got an ipad just to see what everyone was doing on Facebook. She was so happy that Fogel went to live with Don and Zappy got to stay home with Ronda.

A memorial service for Irene will take place 10:30 Friday, February 21, 2020 at the National Memorial Cemetery 23029 Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85024

As friends and family have been asking: a donation in her memory may be sent to
High Country Humane Society
PO Box 942
Flagstaff, AZ 86002 or online:


  • Susan Phillips Posted January 9, 2020 1:05 PM

    Irene was a lovely and warm person and I know how much you will all miss her sweet smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time.

  • Richard William Defty Posted January 9, 2020 2:12 PM

    Dearest Dodie and family, our sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathies to you and your families in this time of sorrow. Dodie, you shared so many stories about your Mum and how much you loved her. I remember speaking to her over the telephone from Germany but never had the chance to meet her personally. I felt I had through you. “Two peas In a pod” you where always there for her as her love for you was also there .
    The heavens have a new star Irene , shining brightly down on you tonight and always will.. Love always, Dodie to you and Mark. …Richard and Thomas xxx

  • Walter Hammann Posted January 9, 2020 5:21 PM

    My condolences to the entire Foote /Heinsohn family. I have many fond memories of birthday and holiday celebrations with my cousin Irene and the big family we had growing up in New Jersey.

  • Pattie Fellhauer-Bahrle Posted January 9, 2020 5:23 PM

    Dodie & Donny & families, I have so many fond memories of both of your parents, from all our adventures in Palisades Park to our first trip to Arizona. I’m thankful for the friendship our parents shared which made the 5 of us more like cousins, as we always called your parents Aunt Irene & Uncle Donald❤️ I’m just happy to know they are reunited and your mom is no longer suffering ❤️Love to you all from New Jersey.

  • werner Hammann Posted January 9, 2020 11:03 PM

    Sending my condolences and prayers….always loved going to Palisades Park visiting my cousins Irene and Linda…I always remember our family gatherings..great times…and visiting in Chandler back in 1984…. Irene is now at peace .. good night Irene..good night Irene..

  • Donald and Paul Posted January 13, 2020 2:24 PM

    Don and Irene created a beautiful family that courses through the lives of so many. We are two of those so fortunate and grateful to have shared in your lives and especially in the life of their daughter, Dodie. We wish you all peace as you remember the beauty and joy of your mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, titles she cherished. Love –

  • Margaret Heinsohn Bezy Posted January 27, 2020 11:24 AM

    You were a lovely bride and that is how I will always remember you. Even as we remain so nearby and yet so far apart, you are in my heart and prayers. Until we meet again,

  • Margaret Heinsohn Bezy Posted January 27, 2020 11:26 AM

    Irene, You were a lovely bride and that is how I will always remember you. Even as we remain so nearby and yet so far apart, you are in my heart and prayers. Until we meet again,

  • Margy Delci Posted February 13, 2020 11:12 PM

    Dodie…I was shocked to learn of the passing of your mother. Irene & I worked together for 12 yrs. I tried to contact her after I left and she moved from Tempe but never could find her. Please contact me. My condolences to the family.

    • Dodie Posted July 25, 2020 4:49 PM

      Thank you. I’m sorry you weren’t able to find her once she moved. I remember you! Poor mom had a rough last year and is very much missed.

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