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“Irene was an absolutely wonderful person. She wrote the most wonderful letters to my father, Francis Neubauer. He dearly loved those letters, as he...Read More »
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“Irene, You will be terribly missed. All the fun memories we have when in the UFO study Group. To me I did not see you as a human, you were way...Read More »
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“Irene was one of a kind! Her zeal for life couldn't go unnoticed. You will be missed but not forgotten. Thanks for the memories. ”
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“Dear Tina and family, You wrote such a touching and fun obituary for your mom and grandmother. It is such a tribute to her that you had such...Read More »
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“Lovely Irene loved and welcomed everyone. She bubbled with encouragement and understanding, an optimist with a hug, a wonderful addition to any...Read More »
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“Irene was the most energetic, loving person I have ever known. She was my cheerleader when I was the President of our Ellendale Neighborhood...Read More »
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“To the family and friends of Irene Alexander: I met Irene sometime in the 1980s while working on a traffic-related issue that involved the...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Francis Slay - Saint Louis, MO

“Irene, You will be terribly missed. All the fun memories we shared together in the UFO study group. Love forever, Joann Pace 10956 Village Grove Dr...Read More »
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Irene Angela Alexander (nee Gmachl), 94, of St. Louis, Missouri made her transition peacefully on February 21, 2015 at St. Mary's Hospital surrounded by her family.

Irene was born on August 10, 1920 to August Gmachl of Oberalm, Austria and Theresa Neubauer Gmachl of Pendleton, MO. She was a loving mother to Tina Watson (Jim), dear grandmother to Halley Kim (Simon), Harmony Watson, and Lacey Watson, and dearest great-grandmother to Gabriel James Kim.

Irene was the seventh of nine children, including the late Vera Starkey (Bud), Elsa Gmachl,Theresa Horenkamp (Lou), Joseph Gmachl (Ruth), Rosa Gmachl and survived by Marcella Rammacher (Pete, deceased), August Gmachl (Evelyn and Lillian, both deceased), and Rose Marie Pekarek (Larry, deceased). She was a beloved aunt, great-aunt, cousin, and friend to many.

Irene grew up in St. Louis working in the family restaurant, Gmachl's Cafeteria. As a single mother with only one child, Irene devoted her life to her family. Her focus was on keeping everyone safe, peaceful, and healthy. She only completed the 8th grade but continued to learn throughout her life. She was constantly exploring the essential nutrients for optimum health. She studied astrology and reflexology. She read the Bible and many books on metaphysics. A great supporter of Silent Unity in Kansas City, she considered herself a Truth Student, looking for the good in all situations. Irene always made time for a daily meditation.

She had a long career in sales at Famous Barr, Soulard Market, and various antique malls. Always civically-minded, she was a devoted volunteer to Mayor Slay. Throughout her life she respected and supported the veterans of WWII and anyone in the field of public service. Her favorite part of any parade was standing and cheering for the Vets, the policemen, and the firemen as they passed by.

Irene had a quirky sense of humor and could easily make you laugh or give you a sermon that made you think. She was an extremely giving and thoughtful person. Irene was a lifelong learner, believer, and friend to everyone she met.

An avid and feisty Cardinal fan, Irene kept up with the stats and players. She was a member of many groups, including the UFO Club, AARP, Ellendale Neighborhood Association, and a consistent donor to Leftovers, Inc in St. Charles, MO.

She loved the music of the 40's, Jeopardy, Chop Suey, ice cream, usually Butter Pecan, pudding/tapioca, fried shrimp, fried catfish, French fries - OK, just about anything fried and and crunchy. She visited many Mexican restaurants in the St. Louis area trying to find tamales like the ones she had as a child. Alas, this task remains on her bucket list.

Joy to the world!
You are light, you are love, you are joy, you are perfection.
Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.
Do as I say, not as I do!
I may not always be right, but I'm never wrong!

Irene will be greatly missed by all and will live on in our hearts and memories.

In closing we share with you what she always said to us: "The light of God surrounds you. The love of God enfolds you. The power of God protects you. The presence of God watches over you. Wherever you are, God is."

Please share your memories on this website and check back for details about Irene's spring memorial service.

The memorial service will be held Sunday, May 24th starting at 1 pm at Unity Christ Church, 33 N. Skinker Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63105, 314-727-6478,

If you would like to bring a dish to share after the service please leave a message at 314-296-2375.

In lieu of flowers please support the Vets.