Irene L Kaps

Irene L. Kaps, 89, of Morton, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born December 13, 1930, in Paauhau, Hawaii, to Joseph and Lenora (Botelho) Ferreira. She married the love of her life, Richard “Dick” Kaps on June 3, 1950, in East Peoria. He preceded her in death on December 5, 2013.

Surviving are her two sons, Richard W. (Judy) Kaps of East Peoria and David G. (Georgia) Kaps of Morton; four grandchildren, Megan (Mike) Mobeck, Jason, Jennifer and Caitlin Kaps; five great-grandchildren, Logan, Cameron and Morgan Mobeck, Braeden Kaps and Georgia Clark; and four step-grandchildren, Mike Holliday, Robin Bennett, Hope Ware and Jon Kaps, and their children.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph and George Ferreira.

Irene was a homemaker and excellent cook. She loved taking care of her family. She enjoyed traveling, fishing and camping. Her hobbies included cross stitching, bowling, playing bridge, golf and tennis.

She was a long time member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Morton.

A private family service will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2020, at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton, with Pastor Jeff Anderson officiating. Burial will be at Hirstein Cemetery in Morton. Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton is handling arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice, in Irene’s memory. To leave an online condolence for the family, visit