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Irene Ahlheim

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Irene Ahlheim, 98, of Hot Springs, Ark., previously of Saugus, Calif., passed away peacefully on Jan. 29, 2019. She was born on Nov. 9, 1920 in Bridgewater, S.D. to the late John and Rachel Mandel. Growing up she attended Salem Mennonite Brethren Church where she made a profession of faith and was baptized in the river on July 24, 1938 at the age of 17. 

Irene lived a long and beautiful life filled with love and accomplishment. She held many jobs, including owner of the Redwood Village Café which was visited by many stars (the café can be seen in the movie Desperate Hours with Humphrey Bogart); she was church secretary at First Baptist Church of Castaic, Calif.; cook at the Master’s College; and she ran the copy room at the same college before retiring.

She moved to Hot Springs Village in 2006 to be with her oldest daughter, Rita, until a couple years ago when she became wheelchair bound and it was necessary for her to be in a nursing home. She was in excellent health until the last year. She was simply ready to go home to her Lord and Savior.

She is predeceased by her husband, Walt Ahlheim; sons Ronnie and Frank Farris; granddaughter Lisa Gafford; and all of her siblings: Valentine, Maurine (Mrs. John F. Walter), Ann (Mrs. Eli Glanzer), John, Amos (died at age 3), Rachel (Mrs. Pete Regier) and half-siblings Amos, Solomon and Katheryn (Mrs. Donald Tieszen). 

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Rita Smith (Llewellyn) of Hot Springs Village, Ariz., John Ahlheim (LeeAnn) of Santa Clarita, Calif., Doneine Dick (Larry) of Acworth, Ga.; grandchildren: Sarah Lucas, Deborah Spicer, Katherine Hughes, Steven Farris, Michael Farris, William Ahlheim, Christopher Ahlheim and Nathan Dick; as well as numerous extended family members and friends. 

Her body has been laid to rest at Eternal Valley Memorial Park in Santa Clarita.

A memorial service will be held at Grace Community Church, 770 Kennesaw Avenue, Marietta, GA 30060 on March 30 at 2 p.m.