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Alvina J. "Skipper" Irving
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Alvina J. “Skipper” Irving, 91, passed away peacefully Sunday, January 15th at home surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM, Thursday, January 19th at St. Patrick Catholic Church with the Very Reverend Rudolph Juarez officiating. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 3 PM to 7 PM at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City, where a Rosary will be recited at 3PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Patrick Church or to Iowa City Hospice.

Skipper was born on March 1, 1925 in Iowa City, Iowa, daughter of John and Juana (Perez) Gutierrez. The Gutierrez Family was one of the first five Mexican families to establish the Mexican Community in Iowa City as early as 1921. Skipper was a graduate of St. Patrick’s High School. On October 7, 1950, she married Kenneth Irving at St. Patrick Catholic Church.

Skipper was employed in the dietary department at UIHC for over 33 years, retiring in 1987.

Most important to Skipper was her family and her faith. She loved her husband, her daughters and their husbands, and her grandchildren. Skipper enjoyed time spent traveling, especially to Hawaii, Las Vegas and St. Louis, where she cheered on her beloved Cardinals. She loved wearing her apron and nurturing family and friends with her cooking, especially during the holidays when she baked dozens of cookies and stored them in her closet.

Skipper is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Ken and their two daughters, Debra (Ken) Funk of Iowa City and Robin (Alan) Kratz of Valier, MT; her grandchildren, Cory (Renee) Funk and Ryan Funk; her brother and sisters-in-law, Jerry Irving, Barbara (Kenneth) Greiner and Delores Grauer; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Michael and John Gutierrez and her sisters, Josephine Mora, Letha Rogers and Dorothy Walton, and her beloved dachshunds, Red, Brandy and Rusty.

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3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service -- Iowa City

605 Kirkwood Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240

Rosary will be recited at 3:00 pm.





10:00 AM
St. Patrick Catholic Church -- Iowa City

4330 St. Patrick Drive
Iowa City, IA 52240

Cemetery Details


St. Joseph's Cemetery

1122 N. Dodge Street
Iowa City, Iowa 52245

Memorial Contribution

St. Patrick Catholic Church -- Iowa City

4330 St. Patrick Drive
Iowa City, IA 52240

Iowa City Hospice

1025 Wade Street
Iowa City, IA 52240

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