Irene J. Cashman


4:00pm - 7:00pm
Tuesday, February 6, 2024
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
225 South 3rd Street
River Falls WI, 54022

Visitation Day of Service

10:00am - 11:00am
Wednesday, February 7, 2024
St. Bridget Catholic Church
211 East Division St.
River Falls WI, 54022

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00am - 12:00pm
Wednesday, February 7, 2024
St. Bridget Catholic Church
211 East Division St.
River Falls WI, 54022

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Irene Jane Cashman, a pillar of strength, aged 70, who departed this world on February 1, 2024, at United Hospital in St. Paul, surrounded by her loving husband, Rich, and devoted children. Irene valiantly fought a challenging battle against cancer, demonstrating unwavering courage and resilience until the end.

Born on September 2, 1953, in Orange City, New Jersey, Irene was the daughter of John and Violet Schack. Her formative years were marked by attending St. John’s Elementary and graduating from Point Pleasant High School, paving the way for a life dedicated to family, community, and compassion. On August 27, 1977, Irene embarked on a lifelong journey of love and partnership, marrying Richard Lawrence Cashman at the Saint Bridget Catholic Church in River Falls. Together, they were blessed with three remarkable daughters, Katie, Kelly, and Molly.

The Cashman family’s legacy is deeply intertwined with the fabric of the greater River Falls community, as they owned and operated Cashman Mortuary, a business founded by Rich’s father, Dick Cashman. While Rich was the public face of the enterprise, Irene played an instrumental role, epitomizing the adage that behind every good man stands a great woman. Her contributions ranged from administrative tasks to supporting her husband through the physically and emotionally taxing aspects of the funeral business. A devoted mother, Irene reveled in raising her daughters, infusing their lives with love and dedication. Her culinary skills were legendary, with her kitchen serving as the heart of the home, where she crafted delicious meals and delectable treats, notably her cherished chocolate drop cookies. The Cashman family’s cabin provided a backdrop for cherished memories, especially during festive Christmas Eves, surrounded by loved ones. Her role as a grandmother brought unparalleled joy, with them being the lights of her life. Beyond her family, Irene’s compassionate heart extended to volunteering at church, offering rides to the needy, delivering meals on wheels, and demonstrating a deep love for her pets, especially Gracie.

Irene’s selflessness touched the lives of many, bringing out the best in those fortunate enough to know her. Her impact will forever resonate in the hearts of her best friend and husband, Rich; daughters, Katie (Chris) Melin, Kelly (Garret) Wenzel, Molly Cashman; and her beloved grandchildren Alivia, Stella, Blythe, and Oakley. She was the best and made others better. She leaves behind a tapestry of siblings, Marie (Hal Wighton) Larson, Patricia Schack, Jim (Linda) Schack, Kenny Schack, Kevin (Monica) Schack, John Schack, Chris (Leasa) Schack, Bernie Vanatta; sister-in-law Carol Rohl; brother-in-law Tim (Cyndi) Cashman; numerous nieces, nephews, Godchildren, and cherished friends. Irene is reunited in eternity with her parents and in-laws who preceded her.

A Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate Irene Cashman’s life will be held on Wednesday, February 7th, at 11:00 am at St. Bridget Catholic Church, River Falls, WI, with a visitation an hour prior. A visitation is also scheduled for Tuesday, February 6th, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at O’Connell Family Funeral Home, River Falls, WI. Irene will find her final resting place in the parish cemetery. Memorials are kindly suggested to the discretion of the family.

Funeral services are entrusted to the compassionate care of O’Connell Family Funeral Home of River Falls.



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  1. Dear Kelly, Katie, Molly and Rich,

    I was so sad to hear of Irene’s passing last week. Though it’s been a long time since I last saw her or any of you, I remember as an enormous and incredibly tender part of my childhood. The summers up at the cabin, long days in the lake, and Irene’s delicious cooking at the end of the day. I remember her, somehow always bringing, to any event, the best snacks, the best bars, the best everything. She was like another mom to me growing up, and I will always remember as just that. I loved her, and I will cherish her memory.

    Sending all my love to all of you as you remember and miss her,

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