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Irene Kalina, 87

Irene Christine Kalina, 87, died March 3, 2009 at Bethany Home in Alexandria.

Irene was born May 2, 1921 in Lake Mary Township to Frank and Julia (Simek) Mrnak. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church in Lake Reno Township. Irene attended country school in District 19 until the 8th grade when she continued to help farm with her parents.

Irene married Leonard R. Kalina on June 12, 1944 at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church. The couple lived on Leonard's parents' farm in Lake Reno Township, Pope County. Irene helped farm alongside Leonard, doing the chores, feeding the chickens and doing the fieldwork.

Irene enjoyed gardening, sewing, crocheting, playing cards, especially whist, cooking, making kolaches, which were excellent, and going to dances.

She is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Leonard; brother, Henry Mrnak of Alexandria; sisters, Marian Kalina of Alexandria and Betty (Jerome) Ledermann of Brandon; many nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews; and great-great-nieces and nephews.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Julia; and brother-in-law, Leonard L. Kalina; father-in-law, Henry Kalina and mother-in-law, Barbara Kalina.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, March 7, at Anderson Funeral Home Chapel in Alexandria with the Rev. Andrea Olson officiating. Music was provided by organist, Margaret Kalina and soloist, Patrick Kalina. Entombment was held at Kinkead Cemetery. Casket bearers were Mike Kalina, Tim Kalina, John Ledermann, Mark Ledermann, Gary Dynda and Bob Benesh. Honorary casket bearers were the staff members at Bethany Home.

Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria;