Irene Krueger, age 92, of Cresco, died Sunday, June 10, 2018, at the Evans Memorial Home in Cresco. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, June 14, 2018, at the Cresco United Methodist Church followed by burial at Cedar Hill Cemetery, rural Cresco. Friends may call on Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. at the Lindstrom Funeral Home in Cresco and on Thursday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of services.
Irene was born July 23, 1925, at Cresco, to Roy and Jennie (Davis) Dempewolf. Irene graduated from Cresco High School in 1942; she later received her Rural Education Diploma from Iowa State Teacher’s College in Cedar Falls in 1945. Irene taught elementary school at Albion School in Howard County as well as schools in Guttenberg and Maquoketa, Iowa.
Irene married John Krueger on October 22, 1948, at Zion EUB Church, rural Cresco. Together John and Irene operated a dairy farm in Albion Township; she raised chickens in the early years along with helping manage their dairy herd. Irene was a member of Zion United Methodist Church and was active in Sunday School teaching, the UMW, coordinated Vacation Bible School and the Christmas program. She was a 4-H leader, active in the local homemaker’s club and more recently the Chat-&-Do Club. Irene loved to work; that was her hobby.
Irene will be remembered for being a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother; for her devoted care of elderly family members, the farming partnership, along with her tasty raisin pie, chocolate chip pie, and her chocolate chip cookies, and for her glowing smile she gave to her caregivers at the Evans home.
Irene is survived by three daughters: Kathy (Jim Peterson) Welch of Rochester, Minn., Nancy (Dan) Dorn of Onalaska, Wis., and Diane (Jeff) Overly of Ft. Madison, Iowa; four grandchildren: Paula (Brad Vigesaa) Welch, Will (Jill) Welch, Eric Dorn and Scott Dorn; six great-grandchildren: Carmen, Emma, Lily, Anni, Jaedyn and Landon; and two brothers, Virgil Dempewolf of Spring Valley and Morris (Judith) Dempewolf of Spring Valley.
Irene was preceded in death by her parents, husband John Krueger, and a sister, Evelyn Dempewolf.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the Evans Home, Howard County Hospice and Pastor Kayla for their support.