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Irene Fehl

January 28, 1928 August 4, 2017
Irene Fehl
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Obituary for Irene Fehl

IRENE CECELIA (WICHERN) FEHL was born January 28, 1928 to John and Edna (Miller) Wichern on the family farm near Tyler, Minnesota and was baptized into the Catholic Church. She attended country school and Tyler High School, graduating in 1946. On February 3, 1951, Irene and Morris Fehl were united in marriage and moved onto the Fehl homestead near Lake Benton, Minnesota where they have resided since. Their marriage was blessed with 10 children and 66 years of life together. Irene passed away suddenly after a brief illness on Friday, August 4, 2017, at the age of 89 years, 6 months and 7 days.

Irene grew up helping on the farm, milking dairy cows by hand. After high school, she worked as a teller at the bank in Tyler. Much of her life was spent raising her family and in the barn caring for her “pet” Holstein herd, which she named and often spoiled with extra feed.

In the early years, Irene and Morris liked dancing at The Showboat Ballroom, especially polka and the jitterbug. Many hours were spent canning and tending to flowers and vegetables in her garden. She enjoyed watching her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events, always sitting in the front with her popcorn and Bobcat seat, and she loved (but at the same time hated) watching the Minnesota Vikings. Irene was a member of St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lake Benton where she was active in the CCW, serving as treasurer for many years, and always looked forward to her time with the ladies in the Quilting Group. She served on the Lake Benton School Board for 17 years, the Dollars for Scholar committee and was a member of the Happy Day Club for, as Morris stated, what seemed like “forever.”

Irene loved to visit with people; there was no such thing as a “quick trip” into town for her. The conversations were straightforward and unfiltered, which always produced a laugh or two. She loved and protected her family – a true mother – and will be sadly missed.

Irene is lovingly remembered by her husband, Morris; five sons, Steven (Billie) of Oviedo, FL, Gary (Becky) of Greendale, WI, Randy (Lori) of Glenwood, IA, Tom (Robin) of Omaha, NE and Jeffrey of Lake Benton, MN; three daughters, Sherry Fehl of Lake Benton, MN, Teresa (Bill) Bunkers of Lake Benton, MN and Jeanette (Jayson) Kirmeier of Chanhassen, MN; 18 grandchildren: Greg (Shaun) Fehl, Matthew (Nelmari) Fehl, Sarah (Jeff) Ross, Joshua (Jessica) Fehl, Zachary Fehl, Paul (Stephanie) Fehl, Jim Fehl, Joe Fehl, John (Jing) Fehl, Megan (Nick) Jopson, Mike Fehl, Levi (Katie) Bunkers, Drew Bunkers, Dannica (Blake) Hoffman, Brittany Bunkers, Casey Fehl, Sydney Kirmeier and Jack Kirmeier; 21 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marge Taveirne of Tyler, MN and Helen (Joe) Murphy of Bloomington, MN; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Richard and Jerry; a grandson, Derek; a great-grandson, William; her brother, John Wichern; and two sisters, Dorothy (Glen) Hansen and Mary (Bob) Judge.

Blessed be her memory.

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Visitation

Wednesday

9

Aug

4:00 PM 8/9/2017 4:00:00 PM - 7:30 PM 8/9/2017 7:30:00 PM
St. Genevieve Catholic Church - Lake Benton

119 Sherman St.
Lake Benton, MN 56149

St. Genevieve Catholic Church - Lake Benton
119 Sherman St. Lake Benton 56149 MN
United States

Prayer Service

Wednesday

9

Aug

7:00 PM 8/9/2017 7:00:00 PM
St. Genevieve Catholic Church - Lake Benton

119 Sherman St.
Lake Benton, MN 56149

St. Genevieve Catholic Church - Lake Benton
119 Sherman St. Lake Benton 56149 MN
United States

Mass of Christian Burial

Thursday

10

Aug

10:30 AM 8/10/2017 10:30:00 AM
St. Genevieve Catholic Church - Lake Benton

119 Sherman St.
Lake Benton, MN 56149

St. Genevieve Catholic Church - Lake Benton
119 Sherman St. Lake Benton 56149 MN
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

St. Genevieve Catholic Cemetery Final Resting Place

PO Box 52
Lake Benton, MN 56149

PO Box 52 Lake Benton 56149 MN
United States
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