Irene Kanipes

Irene Kanipes

Tuesday, March 15th, 1927 - Wednesday, April 15th, 2020
Recommend this to your friends.
Share via:

Sign in to the Family Interactive Login

The Family Interactive feature enhances An Amazing Life. Authorized family members can securely access their loved one's memorial website settings at any time.

Share Book of Memories with a Friend

Please enter the name and email details so that we can send your friend a link to the online tribute. No names or addresses will be collected by using this service.

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

To share your memory on the wall of Irene Kanipes, sign in using one of the following options:

Sign in with Facebook


Sign in with your email address

Your condolence has been submitted for approval. There may be a delay before posting.

Provide comfort for the family by sending flowers or planting a tree in memory of Irene Kanipes

No Thanks

Contact Funeral Home

Please enter your question or comment below:

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

Irene's Tribute Fund

  •  Full Name
  •  Initials
  •  Anonymous
By continuing, you agree with the terms and privacy policy.

Irene's Tribute Fund

There may be a delay while processing. Please do not click the back button or refresh while a payment is processing.


Irene Kanipes, 93, a lifelong resident of Ironwood passed away on April 15, 2020, at home in Ironwood with her family by her side.

Irene was born on March 15, 1927, the eleventh and youngest child of Frank and Sophia (Dombrowski) Lichaczewski. She grew up in Ironwood and attended local schools. After her father died in 1940, she moved to Chicago to work in a factory making wartime supplies. Upon returning to Ironwood, she worked a variety of jobs including taxi dispatcher, hotel maid, bartender, and much later a seamstress at Munsingwear. However, her favorite job was being a wife, mother, and grandmother.

On January 31, 1949, she married Oliver Kanipes. They were inseparable during their 66 years together raising their four children at their home in Ironwood and at the cottage in Mercer. Oliver preceded her in death on May 10, 2015.

Irene had many talents including being an excellent cook, sewing, knitting and crocheting, and working with stained glass. The many afghans and stained-glass projects she made were given to family and friends. She also enjoyed working in her flower garden and fishing at the cottage, usually catching more fish than Dad.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Sophia Lichaczewski; husband, Oliver; and her siblings.

Irene is survived by her children, Albert (Michelle) Chester, Karen, and David (Shelley); grandchildren, Lea Miskovich (Tony Bunt), McKenzie Kanipes, Jenny (Eric Gonzalas) and Daniel (Leslie) Odden, and Casey, Courtney, Kyle and Kory Kanipes; and great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Morgan and Nickolas Miskovich, Damien Kanipes and Elijah, Benjamin and Reagan Gonzalas.

Irene will be sorely missed by her family and friends. She was a kind and loving woman who always put others first. Her door was always open with an offer of coffee or food to any visitor. She tried to make everyone feel welcome.

Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery in Ironwood.

The family has chosen McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home of Ironwood to honor Irene’s legacy of life. You can leave a condolence or a tribute at
Read Less

To plant a memorial tree in honor of Irene Kanipes, please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.

Sign Up for Notifications

Receive notifications about information and event scheduling for Irene

Service Details

There are no events scheduled. You can still show your support by sending flowers directly to the family, or planting a memorial tree in memory of Irene Kanipes.


We encourage you to share your most beloved memories of Irene here, so that the family and other loved ones can always see it. You can upload cherished photographs, or share your favorite stories, and can even comment on those shared by others.

No video recorded.

Private Condolence
Plant a Tree in Memory of Irene

Photos & Videos

Photo Album

Upload up to 10 images at a time, max 8MB each