Irene L. Engelken – Earlville

Irene L. Engelken, 86, of Earlville, passed away Monday, January 25, 2021, at her home, surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be held 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Thursday, January 28, 2021 at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, January 28, 2021 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Earlville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Tony Nketiah will officiate.

Irene was born April 6, 1934 in Farley, Iowa the daughter of Joseph and Marcella (Kelchen) Greenwood.  She married Julius Engelken on November 8, 1956 in Farley.  Together they farmed in Oneida, Iowa until retiring in 1992 when they moved to Earlville.  Irene & Julius loved to polka dance and were members of Delaware County Pork Producers and grilling team.

Irene enjoyed gardening, baking, and spending time with her family and friends. She cherished her time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will also be greatly missed by her dog, Ginger.

Irene is survived by her 4 children: Steven “Oneida” (Denise) of Oneida, Jolene (Mark) Kaufman of Dubuque, Dale (Lisa) of Des Moines, Leann (Ed) McIntyre of Delhi;

10 grandchildren: Stephanie Cooksley, Joshua & Gabrielle Engelken, Kelsey, Cassandra & Madison McIntyre, Brigette (Nick) Price, Patrick (Rachel) Duffy and Megan (Bailey) Sherlin, Trey (Emily) Beck; 8 great grandchildren; a sister, Rita Heims of Coggon; in-laws: George (Sherry) Engelken of Atlanta, GA, Linda Greenwood of Farley, Verna Greenwood of Cascade.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Julius in 2015, siblings: Mary (Elmer) Weber, Raymond Greenwood, Eldon Greenwood; in-laws: Cletus (Arlene) Engelken, Edwin (Aletha) Engelken, Elmer (Mary Lou) Engelken, Charlie (Alma) Brehm, Elmer Heims.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and Helping Hands for their wonderful care.

Information available at  Cards may be sent to the family in care of Kramer Funeral Home, 750 – 12th Ave SW, Dyersville, Iowa  52040.


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