Irene Gouveia Oberbauer
November 6, 1956 – November 21, 2020
Irene Gouveia Oberbauer Irene Gouveia Oberbauer, 64, of Point Loma passed away at home on November 21, 2020, lovingly attended by her husband and two sons. Irene was born in San Diego, the third child of John and Mary Gouveia who both grew up on Madeira Island, Portugal. Her upbringing while her father was away fishing instilled a strong work ethic since she assisted with family properties and cleaned houses until she was 20. Irene attended Point Loma High School and then business college. Later, Irene worked in an investment office before working in the Planning Department at the County of San Diego where she met Thomas A. Oberbauer, her future husband. After she married Tom, she later worked at the Auditor and Controller’s Office at the County. She continued on to obtain a B.A. degree from San Diego State University after having her first child, Paul, while working full time. Because of Irene’s interest in helping and managing people, she became the human resources representative for the Auditor and Controller’s office at the County. Then she joined San Diego County Credit Union, where she worked as leader of business development and eventually became President and CEO. She carried the San Diego County Credit Union forward through the global financial crisis of 2007-2008 as a result of her devotion to work and input from her staff advisers who assisted her in making intelligent choices. Her philosophies in life were very clear: work hard and efficiently, care for people who work for you or with you, be fair in every decision you make, provide tokens and reminders that you care, and above all, get things done. Her skills and compassion for working with people led staff to tell her that she helped them to become better at their jobs than they thought possible. After retiring from the Credit Union, Irene took on the tasks of supporting the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Make-A-Wish Foundation. She acted as board chair for local chapters of both of these organizations. For Komen, she took it upon herself to become fundraiser of the year for the annual Race for the Cure walk for multiple years, raising a total of $280,000. Her team name was “IO it to myself” which was a play on her initials and her goal that everyone can fulfill their own dream. For Make-A-Wish, she funded wishes and worked with families who had children with health issues who were recipients of wish granting. Through her involvement in her career and her philanthropic endeavors, Irene never sought attention and rewards for herself. She simply expected a quick acknowledgement before moving on to the next task. With her younger brother, she was a major caregiver for her parents as they lived into their 90s, providing food and participating in countless doctor visits during their multiple health issues. She had her own health challenges that lasted for more than a eleven years and she worked hard to control them through the guidance of the UCSD Moores Cancer Center. She was exceptionally strong in will and physical stamina, and that fortitude allowed her to live long after her diagnosis. Aside from the fact that her appearance was striking, Irene had many interests and dreams including real estate, traveling especially to Hawaii, creating garments as a seamstress, cooking and baking gourmet foods, and more recently creating music with guitar and ukulele. In addition, she has always offered counseling to those seeking guidance regarding business needs, a severe illness, or as a friend. When Irene made friends, no matter who they were, she kept their friendship and communicated with them all. She would do anything for somebody who needed assistance and had made a vast set of friends who assisted her through her medical treatments. For her family, she was a beacon who always had a view and logical thought process for decision making. Every person who Irene connected with felt richer from the experience. Most of them say that she was one of the most amazing, compassionate, and caring people that they ever met. She was preceded in death by her sister, Mary G. Walsh, and her parents, John Batista Gouveia Sr. and Mary Teixeira Gouveia. She is survived by her brothers, John and Dean, and son, Paul (Lauren), and grandchild, Gwen, and son, Sean. We have been honored and blessed to have her in our lives.
Burial will be held at a later time due to coronavirus restrictions.
Irene Gouveia Oberbauer
Trish and Scott Boaz
December 18, 2020
Tom, Paul and Sean, we are so sorry to hear that Irene passed away. She was such a dynamic person... and I am proud to say that she opened my checking account at SDCCU... she was so sweet, sociable and had a fun personality... and smart... I was not surprised when she because President of SDCCU, what seemed just a few years after we met.
Tom, you were the best husband, always loving, supporting and caring for Irene...
We send our love and condolences to all of you... Trish
December 12, 2020
Irene was a grand, remarkable woman and a phenomenal wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend. Though we miss her here, the sky shines a little brighter with her presence there. May all find comfort in the memories of her goodness, bright smile, and ready laugh. I miss her deeply and offer my deepest condolences and sympathy to her family and friends. Rest in peace Irene and watch over your family.
December 12, 2020
I knew Irene since we were kids. Our families were always very close. She was an amazing friend, who always thought of others before herself. Sending my love and condolences to the Oberbauer and Gouveia Families. RIP dear Irene, you will be greatly missed.
December 7, 2020
I lived next door to Irene and Tom in Point Loma for twelve years.
Irene was not only an amazing neighbor but also a dear friend.
She was so kind and thoughtful.
My condolences to Tom, Paul, Sean and the entire Oberbauer family.
She will be missed and I’m so thankful to have known such an amazing woman.
Justin & Michelle Rodrigues
December 7, 2020
To the Oberbauer & Gouveia Family
Wishing you peace to bring you comfort & courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.
Irene will remain in our hearts forever. She was loved by so many. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love and support.
RIP my dearest Irene. I will never forget the great time we had at Viejas! 🙏 ❤
December 4, 2020
To the Oberbauer Family,
Irene and I granted a wish together in 2017 for a sweet girl named Vivian. Irene went above and beyond to make the wish extra special for Vivian and her family and I remember falling in love with her energy and dedication to wish kids. She was a joy to work with.
Sending you all love and healing thoughts,
December 3, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Please accept my heartfelt condolences in this sad and difficult time for you and your family.
December 2, 2020
Dear Tom and family,
My deepest condolences for your loss! Irene was a wonderful person and she will be greatly missed.