Irene Mary Leinen was born Aug. 7, 1924, the daughter of Emil and Margaret (Gaul) Hansen in Lismore, Minn. She attended grade school in Oyens, Iowa.
On Sept. 9, 1947, she was united in marriage to Florian Stoffel and following his death in 1972 she married Walter Leinen Feb. 19, 1982, in Sibley.
Irene worked as a daycare provider out of her home for a while, then worked for Sibley Egg & Poultry and later Merrick Printing (now Keith M. Merrick Company) and retired from there after 17 years.
She was a member of the St. Andrew's Catholic Church, where she was active in the Catholic Daughters and Women's Guild. Irene was also a member of the Hospital Auxiliary.
Irene had an extremely strong faith and met all of life's challenges without fear. She was a hard worker and always seemed to be busy doing something.
Irene really enjoyed people, loved to fish, travel, and garden; do word puzzles, weave rugs and crochet.
Left to cherish her memory are her four children, Nancy (Arthur) VanBruggen, of Boyden, Jean VandeGarde, of Katy, Texas, Becky (Stan) McAndrews, of Ames, and Nick (Debbie) Stoffel, of Inola, Okla.; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; six siblings, Jerome Hansen, of Le Mars, Emil Hansen Jr., of Slayton, Minn., Mary Ann Streff, of Slayton, Minn., Rita Ludwig of Yuba City, Calif., Mildred Gearke, of Maurice, and Sister Margaret Hansen of Rochester Hills, Mich.; and many nieces, nephews, and other extended family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Florian Stoffel; second husband, Walter Leinen; very special adopted grandson, Samuel Harris Kruger; and seven siblings, Cletus Hansen, Alfred Hansen, Gerald Hansen, Lawrence Hansen, Ambrose Hansen, Leonard Hansen and Delores Ludwig.
Mass of Christian Burial was 10:30 a.m. today (Monday) at the St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Sibley, with the Rev. John Vakulskas as celebrant. Burial followed in the St. Andrew's Catholic Cemetery in Sibley. Visitation was Sunday from 2-6 p.m. with the family present from 4-6 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley. There was a rosary at 3 p.m. and a vigil service at 5:30 p.m. Sunday evening.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.jurrensfuneralhome.com.