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Irene Elizabeth Dennis Pruszenski became an angel in heaven on November 1, 2019. She was an exceptional
mother who devoted her life to her beloved children: Anthony "Tony" Stanley Pruszenski, Jr., Keat Dennis Pruszenski,
Dana Niles Pruszenski, Sherman Dean Pruszenski, Malea Anne (Erik) Maynard, and Amy Dee (Andrew Allen)
Pruszenski. "Grandma" adored her grandchildren, Dana Anne Maynard and Alexander "Sasha" Keat Maynard, who,
with their mother, provided daily loving care for her in the last year and a half of her life at CC Young nursing home in
Dallas Texas. "Renie" was a 51 year resident of Adelphi, Maryland, after having moved up and down the east coast of
the United States as a dedicated Navy wife to Anthony Stanley Pruszenski, Sr., who predeceased her on February 2,
2000. She was born to John and Anna (Ballinger) Dennis in Clayton, NJ and was tempered by growing up during the
depression on a dairy farm. She was an inspiration, especially to her daughters, as a trail-blazer who found a way to
attend nursing school at Hahneman University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA in an era when many women were not
pursuing careers. She served as a nurse from 1940-1949. With a deep desire to have a family, she gave up her
career to raise her family when she met and fell in love with "Ski", and married him on New Year's Day 1950, at the
age of 28.
She loved dogs and cats, especially enjoying her porch kitty "PK", and visiting foster cats smuggled into the nursing
home by her grandchildren. During her long life, Renie was a skilled seamstress, cook, baker, bridge player, scrabble
player, dancer, pianist, swimmer and tennis player. She was an avid reader, and switched to audiobooks when her
vision failed. She was a Christian who trusted the Lord and was known to advise her children to "pray about it" when
life's challenges arose.
She was undefeatable, a strong woman, who lived her life with conviction setting a stellar example for her children,
and all others. She was "Mom" to the end, waiting for her youngest daughter to return safely from her honeymoon
before her peaceful departure from this world. She will be dearly missed.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. At Gasch's Funeral Home, P.A. 4739
Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, MD 20781. Interment to follow at Fort Lincoln Cemetery, 3401 Bladensburg Rd.,
Brentwood, MD 20722. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation, in the memory of Irene Pruszenski, to Texas
Pawprints: https:// www.adoptapet.com /neighborhood-catladies/donate.
Saturday, November 30, 2019
Starts at 1:00pm (Eastern time)
Gasch's Funeral Home, P.A.
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