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BARKEMA, Irene L. (1926-2022)


Posted By: Hancock Co Genealogical Society
Date: 1/28/2024 at 13:53:31

Irene L. Barkema
November 7, 2022

Irene L. Barkema started an enteral journey of life on November 7, 2022. Irene was born August 18, 1926, to Fred and Esther (Priebe) Schmidt. Irene started country school at Twin Lake #2. Irene graduated from Klemme High school in May 1943. Irene continued her education by attending Beauty School in Des Moines. She started working for Marie Blank at beauty shop in Klemme in 1945.

In 1949 Mervin Barkema and Irene were married at the Immanuel Reformed United Church of Christ. Rev. Grosshuesch united them in marriage and who also baptized Irene as well. They began farming together in 1951. Irene really enjoyed life on the farm, working with Mervin. They continued to farm full time until 1973 when Mervin and Irene began delivering Winnebago motor homes. They both enjoyed seeing the various parts of the United States and during their travels bought a condominium in Mesa, AZ. where they would spend the winters.

In 1998 Mervin and Irene purchased a home in Klemme where they resided together until Mervin passing away on July 26, 2005. Irene continued live in Klemme until she moved to Cardinal Grove in Garner in July 2019.

Irene was survived by many nieces and nephews. She will be missed by all. Visitation will Sunday, November 13, 2022 at Andrews Funeral Home in Klemme from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. Celebration of Irene’s life will be at Immanuel Reformed United Church of Christ on Monday, November 14, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Following the service, interment will be at Ell Township Cemetery. Everyone is invited for a meal in the church basement following the interment.

Instead of buying flower arrangements, please donate the money to your favorite organization in memory of Irene.

Irene was proceeded in death by her parents Fred and Esther, her husband Mervin, her sister Arlene, and brother Marvin.

Funeral Service, Monday, November 14, 2022, 10:30 AM; United Church of Christ-Klemme, 313 Elder Street, Klemme, Iowa

source: Copyright © Andrews Funeral Homes, 561 1st Street Southeast, Belmond, Iowa


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