Irene Cabecera, 48, of Phoenix was called home to the Lord on April 15, 2011 at Kindred Hospital in Phoenix. She was born July 16, 1962, in Phoenix to Adelaido Rios Cabecera and Juanita Cabecera. A life long resident of Phoenix, Irene worked in community relations and children’s outreach in the education industry and was known for making the best green chili enchiladas in the southwest. She also enjoyed collecting stuffed bears and bear memorabilia, playing scrabble and poker, and especially liked her music. Irene’s favorite place in the world was definitely her mom’s house.
Irene is preceded in death by her loving father, Adelaido Cabecera, and her nephew, Richard Olguin, who she fondly referred to as “her Richie”. She is survived by her mother, Juanita Cabecera; her husband, Edward Tapia and their daughters, Elizabeth and Elena; her sisters, Frances Pena, Esther Cuellar, and Lydia Olguin; her brothers, Tony Cabecera, Robert Cabecera, and Tony Cabecera Jr; as well as countless nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation will be Tuesday, April 19, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at Avenidas Funeral Chapel, 522 East Western Avenue in Avondale, with a rosary at 7:00pm. Mass and celebration of life will be held at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 539 La Pasada Boulevard in Goodyear, on Wednesday, April 20 at 10:00am. Burial will follow service at Resthaven Park Cemetery East located at 4310 East Southern Avenue in Phoenix.