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Irene A. (Heynssens) DeBuysser

August 8, 1930 ~ November 30, 2020 (age 90)


Irene A. DeBuysser, 90, passed away at 3:00am Monday, November 30, 2020 in the Sanctuary at Holy Cross.


Irene was born on August 8, 1930 in South Bend to Leopold and Magdelina (Vander Hayden) Heynssens.  She was employed by Romy Hammes, was a baker Monroe Grade School for 25 years and was a bookkeeper for 35 years at Ric’s Dental Lab.  On February 3, 1951 in South Bend she married Francis “Frank” DeBuysser.  He died on August 30, 2012.


Surviving are a daughter Toni (Kevin) Swartz, two sons Ric (Janet) DeBuysser and Randy (Elizabeth) DeBuysser, 5 grandchildren Eric (Rachel) Jenell (Justin) Christopher (Stacey), John and Elise, 5 great-grandchildren Meg, Preston, Tanner, Anneliese, and Michael Joseph, a sister Lea Spencer and two brothers Leopold Heynssens and George Heynssens. 


Irene was a bowler, loved her dogs, boating on Lake Michigan, traveling in their RV, baking kiefles, but most of all she loved her family.  Her family would like to extend thanks to the staff of the Sanctuary at Holy Cross and Dr. Theodore Neumann for the care they provide to Irene. 


Private services will be held.  Zahoran Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.  Memorial contributions may be made to Pet Refuge or the Humane Society.  To leave an online condolence, visit our website or our facebook page Zahoran Funeral Home.

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