Irene Elsie Fiihr, 89, died Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee, Minn.
Funeral services are at 10 a.m Friday with visitation one hour prior to the service at Mount Olive Evangelical Lutheran Church in Shakopee with the Rev. Mark L. Schwertfeger officiating. Burial is at Hillcrest Cemetery in Estelline.
She was born on Saturday, June 30, 1923, in Elkton to parents Henry and Elsie (Bolte) Blum. She was the oldest of eight children. Irene’s childhood years were spent attending grade school in Ward and Elkton and also George, Iowa.
On March 12, 1941, Irene married George Albert Fiihr in Orange City, Iowa. During World War II, the family stayed with her parents.
After the war, Irene and George farmed northeast of Bruce for 18 years. In 1964, the family moved northwest of Bruce. As a family and throughout the years, they all worked side by side tending to the daily chores on the family beef farm.
Most of her working years were spent as a housewife and caring for her children. She was a dedicated wife and loved her children very much. After George died April 20, 1977, Irene worked sewing coats at a factory in Estelline for the next three years. Sewing gave her great pleasure. She held various other housekeeping jobs along the way.
Irene had a love for gardening. She spent countless hours in her ¾ acre vegetable garden. She grew just about everything, from potatoes, carrots, pumpkins and squash, just to name a few.
In her free time, Irene enjoyed spending time in her flower gardens, fishing, sewing and teaching Sunday school. But her biggest passion in life was caring for her children.
She loved to spend time watching her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren grow up.
A loving, caring and good-hearted wife, mother and grandmother, Irene will always will be remembered for all the hard work throughout her life.
She is survived by her children, Delbert (Ileen) Fiihr of Shakopee, LaDean (Wayne) Olson of Shakopee, Darrel (Karrye) Fiihr of Shakopee, LuJean Fiihr of Shakopee, Doug Fiihr of Shakopee; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Verna Eccles of Illinois; many other loving relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George Fiihr; son, Richard Gene Fiihr; a grandson; three brothers and three sisters.
Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home, Shakopee Chapel, 952 445-1202 or www.BallardSunderFuneral.com, is in charge of arrangements.