Irene Erwin, age 97, of Marshalltown and formerly of Newton, passed away on Tuesday night, January 10, at the Southridge Nursing and Rehab Center in Marshalltown.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 16, 2023, at St. Francis of Assisi Parish-St. Henry Church in Marshalltown. She will be laid to rest in the Rose Hill Memorial Gardens in Marshalltown. Visitation will be held one-hour prior to the services at the church. The Mitchell Family Funeral Home is caring for Irene and her family. Ph. 641-844-1234.
Irene Gertrude Oetker Erwin, daughter of George and Hildagarde (Hoffman) Oetker, was born on April 28, 1925, in a farm house northwest of Haverhill, Iowa. She graduated from Van Cleve High School in 1943 where she played six-on-six basketball. On November 23, 1943, Irene was united in marriage with Thomas H. Erwin at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Haverhill, Iowa. To this union two children were born, Dale and Kathleen.
Through the years, Irene was a factory worker, wallpaper hanger, babysitter and farmer’s helper, but most of all a devoted wife and mother. She was a former member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Newton for 30 years where she served as wedding coordinator a few years. She served on the Farm Bureau Women’s Committee as Vice-President and later as
Secretary and Ladies Farm Bureau Township Chairman for a number of years. She also belonged to Barrett Homemakers Club since 1964. Her hobbies were dancing, baking, making quilts, lab robes, reading books and playing cards. She had a great love for her husband of 66 years, her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Left to honor Irene’s memory are a son, Dale (Marsha) Erwin, a daughter Kathleen (John) Sievers, six grandchildren, 15 great—grandchildren, and 14 great-great-grandchildren, one brother George (Rita) Oetker of Tama, and one brother-in-law Charles Erwin of Marshalltown.
Preceding Irene in death were her parents, George and Hildagarde Hoffman Oetker, her husband, Thomas Erwin in 2010, brothers, Robert (Mary) Oetker, James (Peggy) Oetker, Earl (Irene) Oetker, Harold (Berkie) Oetker, William (Pat) Oetker, and sisters, Marie (Bud)Barber and Elizabeth (Ed) Blink, and great-great-grandson Isaiah Erwin