Irene Klein, 94Irene Anna Klein, 94, died March 8, 2011 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids.
Irene Anna Klein, 94, died March 8, 2011 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids.
Irene was born March 19, 1916 in Effington Township, Douglas County, to Henry and Elizabeth (Hink) Diedrich. She was baptized and confirmed at South Effington Lutheran Church. Irene attended country school through the 6th grade and helped on the farm and also helped her aunts.
Irene was united in marriage to Walter Klein on May 26, 1937 in South Effington. The couple was blessed with four daughters, Marlene, Carol, Dorothy and Maxine. Irene and Walter farmed in the Millerville area for six years and then moved to Parkers Prairie until 1960. They moved to Alexandria for five years and then moved to St. Cloud, where Irene worked at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home.
Walter died in 1981. Irene moved back to Alexandria in 1992 and lived here for 10 years, volunteering at Knute Nelson in the hair salon. She was a member of the Grey Ladies with the American Red Cross. She returned back to St. Cloud into Carefree Living in 2006.
Irene enjoyed doing crafts, traveling, gardening and baking. She made the best peach pies. Most important to Irene was her family.
She is survived by her daughters, Marlene (Duane) Labs of Quincy, CA, Carol (Harvey) Tewes of Alexandria, Dorothy Meyer of Sartell and Micki (Dick) Lindberg of Minnetonka; 10 grandchildren, Tammy (Matt) Koepnick, Toni (Tim) Kelley, Terri (Richard) West, Brett (Steph) Tewes, Dirk Tewes, Kane (Mary Anderson) Tewes, Stacie (Bob) Flaherty, Jason Meyer, Henry (Andrea) Lindberg, and Margaret (Lee) Christopher; 17 great-grandchildren, Shane and Heather Kelley, Eric West, Gabrielle and Isaac Tewes, Parker Tewes, Alexis and Madison Flaherty, Victoria Lindberg, Evelyn, Louis and Walter Christopher; and step-great-grandchildren, Rex and Clint Koepnick, JD and Daniel Oberg, and Morgan Zubke.
Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Walter; parents, Henry and Elizabeth; brothers, Henry and Victor Diedrich; and sister, Dora Bremmer.
A funeral service was held on Saturday, March 12 at Zion Lutheran Church with the Rev. Terry Finnern officiating. Music was provided by organist, Mertice Brueske and soloist, Dan Olson. Interment was at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Sauk Rapids, officiated by Pastor Kristen Anderson. Casket bearers were Irene’s grandchildren and honorary casket bearers were Irene’s great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.