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August 22, 2013
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Obituary: Irmgard “Irmi” Dirnhofer

Irmgard Dirnhofer, affectionately known as “Irmi,” was born July 11, 1925 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen Germany, and departed for heaven August 20, 2013 at age 88 to join her husband of 65 years, John, who passed this last February following his 90th birthday. Her passing was attributed to complications arising from Alzheimer’s disease.

Both Irmi and John became American citizens in 1967, and following retirement from very successful business careers in San Francisco, they moved to the home they built in the 1970s in the Gateway area of Truckee. They considered the Sierra mountains their spiritual home as it so reminded them of the Alps of their native Germany where both were born and became childhood sweethearts.

Irmi was a sweet, wonderful little lady that always had a smile for everyone. She will be truly missed by all who knew her. Truckee residents will recall seeing Irmi and John hand-in-hand on their daily walks to the Post Office, shopping or simply enjoying exercising and the companionship of the other.

Upon seeing the closeness of these lovable and kindred souls, even the most cynical had to agree that love can truly last a lifetime, and now these lovers can walk the clouded lanes of paradise together.

Irmi is survived by her adopted son Ulrich (Ulli) Luenemann and his wife Lydia of Sacramento; adopted daughter Mary Trexel and her husband Kip and their son Chad of Orinda, and daughter Chrystal Ciancutti of Portola Valley. Irmi also leaves behind family in Germany; Martl and Anni Reif and their children Fanziska and Thomas and their families in Graninau, Germany.

At the request of Irmi, no services will be held.


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Aug 22, 2013 05:49PM Published Aug 22, 2013 01:28PM Copyright 2013 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.