Irene Hildegard Coyne

August 24, 1915December 14, 2012

Irene Coyne, a native of New Braunfels, TX, died at the age of 97 in Apache Junction, AZ where she resided for the past 12 years. Irene was born August 24, 1915 to Isidore (Fritz) Schumann and his wife Ophelia (Nowotny) Schumann. Irene graduated from Seton School of Nursing in Austin, TX around 1940. On April 14, 1941 she married Joseph Brian Coyne in Austin, TX where he was a journalist for the Austin American-Statesman. They later moved to Arkansas City, KS where Brian was the managing editor for the Traveler and where she was employed as a nurse for the Arkansas City Memorial Hospital. Irene served as a nurse in the Peace Corps in Karatina, Kenya in 1976 and 1977. After traveling most of the world she returned to work at the hospital in Arkansas City and retired in 1995. Irene was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Melba Tekla Schumann and Mary Ann Schumann, and a brother, Norbert Schumann.

She is survived by two daughters, Katie Littleton and her husband, James, of Victoria, Texas, Mary Ann Coyne of Apache Junction, Arizona; two sons, Brian Coyne and his wife, Blanca, of Houston, and James Coyne and his wife, Rhonda, of Winfield, Kansas; 9 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, a niece and nephew and two great-nephews. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at eleven o’clock in the morning on Wednesday, the 26th of December, at St. Austin Catholic Church, 2026 Guadalupe Street, Austin, Texas. Interment will follow in Austin Memorial Park.

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  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, December 26, 2012

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Tracey Hahn

December 26, 2012

You will be missed in our family. I am so sorry I could not be there today for your service and funeral.
You had an amazing, adventurous, and long that many will never get to experience.
May you rest in peace and enjoy life eternal with family and friends in the Kingdom of your Father.
Your granddaughter, Tracey

Mary Ann Schumann

December 26, 2012

I still remember the time Irene came to visit me in Tokyo. It was one of the most memorable days of my life. Those are the kind of things that she will be remembered for - for making people smile and bringing laughter in their lives. And while it's going to be very difficult to think of this world without Irene, it is a happy thought knowing that wherever she is, she will be spreading happiness.

Roy Claphan

December 25, 2012

Thinking of you. Your in our prayers.

Chuck & Kim Hemmerlin

December 22, 2012

Grief can be so hard during the holidays, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one this holiday season.

Mary Ann Coyne

December 22, 2012

We were together when I took my first breath and we were together when you took your last. What a wonderful gift. Your daughter, Mary Ann Coyne

Blanca Coyne

December 20, 2012

May she rest in peace, and in God's arms be safe and loved.


December 20, 2012

May The Lord have her in heaven .

December 19, 2012

We are sorry to learn of the passing of Irene, but grateful for her service to our nation in the Peace Corps.

Our Condolences,

The National Peace Corps Association