Irena H. Kinsinger

August 1, 1937May 12, 2020

Irena Kinsinger, born August 1, 1937, passed away May 12, 2020. Survived by husband Donald Kinsinger of Wichita, KS; daughter Dee Hilyard and son-in-law Ward Hilyard, of Goddard, KS; daughter Kim Dague and son-in-law Larry Dague of Flower Mound, TX; sisters, Cleona Flipse, Colby, KS, Cleta Ledbetter, Wichita, KS and Veta Lamb, Leon, KS; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son, Lawrence Saunders, in 2016 and by her brother, Robert Coval, of Seattle, Washington. Funeral services will be at 10AM Monday, May 18th at Resthaven Mortuary in Wichita with graveside services at 11:30 AM Monday in Greenwood Cemetery at 11:30 am. Due to social gathering restrictions, physical attendance is for family only, however online streaming of services live is available at

She was a great listener and always found good in everything and everyone. She was a sweet person with a gentle disposition. She loved her husband of 31 years, and never stopped thinking he hung the moon. She always wanted to help others and gave good advice when asked. She was good at keeping secrets and was a great confident. Her son-in-law, Ward Hilyard, considered her his best friend. She had that kind of effect on people she met. She put everyone else first, unless she was playing cards. She was an avid card player, especially 3-13.

She was very proud of her children – it didn’t matter what you chose in life, as long as it was what you wanted, she encouraged and supported you. She was a detailed record keeper, coming from her background as a bookkeeper. She was a lifetime charter member of Weight Watchers and was a speaker for many years and a mentor that encouraged others to lead a healthy life. In the early years of Weight Watchers, you had to make everything from scratch. Her children loved to help her make homemade pizza, each having a role in creating the pizza. As adults, her daughters often called her for tips on cooking.

She loved to paint – she did acrylics mostly. She loved flowers. Her favorite color was purple. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. She got to take a lot of trips – going to Florida, Nevada, New Mexico and even London. She loved visiting her daughter in Texas and riding her motorized scooter outside. She loved rabbit mode better than turtle. She loved Christmas lights and going for drives. At Christmas time, she loved to share pictures. If you knew her, this list would go on forever. If you didn’t, you missed out! And she will be missed by all who knew and loved her.


  • FUNERAL SERVICES (Attendance restricted to family only. Please watch live stream.)

    Monday, May 18, 2020

  • COMMITTAL SERVICE (Attendance restricted to family only. Please watch live stream.)

    Monday, May 18, 2020


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Audrey Unruh

May 20, 2020

Irena and I have known each other since high school. And while raising small children we lived a couple of blocks apart. She was a special person and I would echo all the things said about her demeanor and character. She is to be especially admired for her strength and courage in living with the chronic illness she dealt with for so long. The life and activities she continued with amazed me. Her passing leaves a big void but she was an example for us all. Fly free dear friend.

John Solly

May 18, 2020

I loved Irena. She was such a joy to be around. The care and love that Kim and Larry showed for her was very inspiring and I was always so happy when they brought her to hear me play and sing her favorite songs. Those were happy times that I'll treasure always.

Cleta Ledbetter

May 17, 2020

I will always treasure the times we got to play 3-13. I think this was her favorite card game. As hard as I tired I seldom could beat her. Loved her smile and sweet Spirit, she loved Unconditionally. I will miss her greatly.

Jamie White

May 14, 2020

Irena became like a second mom to me! Her daughter Kim, my best friend was willing to share her mother with me. It was such a blessing for me to know Irena. I was lucky to enjoy her company for quite a few years. I loved playing cards with her and absolutely adored her competitive spirit. We spent wonderful many evenings listening to one of her favorite people in Texas, John Solly play his piano and sing. Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing Irena was very very lucky indeed! She will be sorely missed by so many people! Heaven certainly gained an angel when Irena left this earthly world! I love you, Mom!!!

Toni Wieland-Pulos

May 14, 2020

Aunt Weeney, my special and favorite aunt.....We (Horton kids) always called you that as long as I can remember. I will miss you and your sweet kindness. You were always thoughtful sending out birthdays and Christmas cards to me. I know your health has been an off and on a long battle. Now you don't have to fight anymore. In heaven, I know your mom, (Leona)and Bobby is there to greet you along with your son, Larry Jr and other family members who has gone before you. What a great reunion that will be. We, here in the physical world, will never forget the great memories you have given us. Yes, I will grieve for the loss of my special aunt but you'll always be in my heart ❤ . Please watch over your sister, my mom, as she'll be lost and will miss talking to you every Sunday. With much love and sadness..I will miss you dearly...your niece...Toni Pulos


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