Irene Wang Ullrich, Age 93, passed away from natural causes on December 12, 2017 after a nine-year struggle with Alzheimer’s. She was living at a Senior Nursing Residence in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. We are comforted in knowing that even though her memory was impaired, she was happy and at a peace in her final years.
Irene was born on December 29, 1924 in Shanghai, China to physician W. Imin Hsu and Frances Hsu. After graduating from St. John’s University in Shanghai, she married Cary “Ching-Tao” Wang in 1947, and they came to the U.S. to pursue their Master’s in Economics degrees at Boston University. With the rise of communism in China in 1949, they stayed in the U.S. with little money or belongings, but armed with good educations. Irene became a U.S. citizen in 1960.
Irene eventually lived for several decades in Elmhurst, IL and was proudest of raising and supporting her three children as a widower, unexpectedly needing to re-enter the workforce as an accountant at the age of 49.
She is survived by her son Clifford (Carmina) Wang, her son Curtis (Barbara) Wang and her grandsons Ryan and Kyle, whom she was very fond of. She also deeply missed her daughter Christine who passed away in 2008. Sister of Louise and the late Mary, Martin and Leonard. Preceded in death by her husbands Cary Wang (1979), and William Ullrich (1995) whom she married in 1987.