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Irene Rubacha

Obituary for Irene Rubacha

December 28, 1930 - December 29, 2017
Austin, Texas | Age 87


Irene Martha Rubacha was born in East Chicago, Indiana, December 28, 1930 to the late Frank and Mary Bencze (Benson), Hungarian immigrants who came through Ellis Island to find the American dream. Irene was their youngest child and her father doted over her. She graduated from East Chicago's Washington High School in 1949 and entered the banking field. She was blessed to outlive her parents and all her siblings by many years.

Irene met Edward Walter Rubacha after he returned from service in Occupied Japan during World War II. They married June 6, 1953 and were blessed with six children. Irene was proud to say she delivered all of them without anesthesia! Ed and Irene built a small house in the town of Griffith, Indiana, 4 blocks from St. Mary's Catholic Church, so they would not miss Mass even if they had car trouble. Their faith was the center of their lives and prayer got them through many tough times. Irene sang in the church choir and her solo performance of "O Holy Night" was the highlight of midnight Mass every Christmas. Ed and Irene celebrated 25 years of marriage before she lost Ed to a heart attack in 1979, leaving Irene a young widow of 48.

Irene believed every woman should have a "bucket list" in case she loses her husband. She made multiple trips to Europe, the Holy Land, and across the United States, and sang in many choirs. She began work on a college degree at Purdue University, which she completed at the University of Texas in Austin where she settled to be near her family. An active member of SOTA (Students Over Traditional Age), she completed her Bachelor in Business Administration in 1988. Irene received her diploma at the Erwin Center with her children, who had also completed their college degrees, cheering for their mom.

After retiring from full-time work and from singing in the St. Louis Catholic Church choir, Irene became an active Catholic Scripture Study member, traveler, and avid reader, with almost daily trips to her local library.

She turned her love of flowers into a life-long focus on all things green, especially orchids, enlisting the help of her children as much as possible. She especially focused on plants to attract butterflies and bird feeders to entice numerous species to her backyard oasis. Advancing age and health issues slowed Irene down and she entered a nursing home in 2015. Irene's health declined in recent weeks and on December 29, 2017, one day after her 87th birthday, and just after receiving the final anointing and blessing in the sacrament of the Last Rites, Irene departed this earth to be with her Father in heaven.

Irene is survived by her 6 children and their families: Eileen and Randy Beck (Austin), Lisa Greve and Ed Rubacha (Phoenix), Alice and Damien Gray (Austin), Robert Rubacha (Austin), Ray and Brenda Rubacha (Phoenix), and Anne and Mark Hoagland (Fort Worth). Irene was very proud of her grandchildren: Nick and Lizzie Beck, Lauren Haire, Sarah, Alaric, and Jeremiah Gray, Adam Rubacha, and Michael, Samantha, and Laura Hoagland.

Viewing and visitation with family will be Saturday, January 6th, 9:30 AM, Rosary 10:00,and Funeral Mass 11:00 at Emmaus Catholic Church, 1718 Lohmans Crossing Road, Lakeway, TX 78734.

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