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Longtime Robbins Mayor Irene Brodie remembered for public service

Former Mayor Irene Brodie at a June 2012 Robbins Metra Station ribbon-cutting ceremony

May our friend and former member former Robbins Mayor Dr. Irene Brodie rest in peace. SSMMA sends heartfelt condolences to her family, friends and the Village of Robbins.

Irene Hale Brodie left an indelible imprint as the longtime mayor of south suburban Robbins.

Brodie, who also was a pioneering educator who worked an assistant professor and dean at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, died Jan. 18 in Kansas City, Mo. She was 86.

She devoted her life to public service after her husband, J. Edmon, died following a heart attack in 1966 and the couple’s only child, a daughter, Jeraye, died in 1976 at age 19 after battling lupus.

“The community was her family,” Robbins Mayor Tyrone Ward said Wednesday. “She had a love for Robbins…” Please click here for Ted Slowik’s column in the Tribune/Daily Southtown.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Feb. 2 and from 10 to 11 a.m. Feb. 3, at Great Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 13617 Lawndale Ave., Robbins. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 3, at the church. Interment will be at Lincoln Cemetery in Alsip.

A couple of our dear memories of Dr. Brodie are captured in photos here at a Robbins Metra Station ribbon-cutting ceremony, and here at an SSMMA dinner meeting in March 2013 where she was honored for her many years of distinguished service.

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