Passing of IRTA Past President Irene Jinks

We reflect upon the life of Irene Jinks (September 5, 1931 – June 5, 2023) with a sense of loss and respect. Irene was an active member of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association (IRTA), consistently supporting the rights and well-being of retired teachers. Her sudden passing leaves a gap in our community, but her influence remains.

Irene’s involvement in the IRTA included roles such as Treasurer and Vice President before she assumed the role of President. At the local level, she served as President and Membership Chair for the North Lake Shore Unit. Her leadership contributed to initiatives aimed at protecting pensions and improving benefits for retired teachers, demonstrating her commitment to advocating for her fellow retirees.

Irene was also known for her personal warmth and love for her Dalmatians. Her affection for these unique dogs was evident in the delight she expressed when they were mentioned. Her dedication to these loyal pets paralleled her commitment to her work.

Beyond her professional and personal interests, Irene contributed to a sense of unity among retirees across Illinois. Her understanding of complex issues like the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO) was beneficial to our association. Even in challenging times, Irene remained steadfast in her commitment.

As we mourn Irene’s passing, we also reflect on her life and contributions. Her advocacy for retired educators and her love for her Dalmatians will be remembered. As we move forward, we honor Irene’s legacy by continuing to support the rights of retired teachers, with the aim of fostering unity and fairness, principles she valued greatly.

As we bid farewell to Irene, we remember her as a colleague who left a lasting impression. Her memory will serve as a reminder to persist in the work she was passionate about.

Arrangements are pending.

To make a donation in Irene’s memory to the IRTA Foundation, click here.  (On the note line, please type in memory of Irene Jinks.)

In 2022, Irene sat down for an interview, watch it here.