Irene Elsie Bartels, age 97, of Riceville, Iowa passed away at the Riceville Family Care & Therapy Center on February 26, 2017.
Funeral services will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Lourdes, IA at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday March 2, 2017. Burial will be in Lourdes Cemetery in Lourdes, IA. Friends may call at the Lindstrom Funeral Home in Riceville on Wednesday during the hours of 4-7 P.M. and one hour before services at the church.
Irene Elsie Opat Bartels was born on the farm near Elma on April 4, 1919 to John and Elsie (Kubicek) Opat. She attended rural schools and received her Normal Training Certificate from Cresco High School. She taught in rural schools in Howard and Paris townships for three years.
On February 20, 1943 she was united in marriage to Clarence Bartels in a chapel at Camp Walters, Fort Worth, TX, where Clarence was stationed in the Army She lived with Clarence at several army camps until he went overseas for three years. Clarence came home from service in January of 1946 and they started farming near Elma and later bought his parent’s farm near Maple Leaf. They farmed there until 1998 when they moved to Riceville. Clarence entered the nursing home in Riceville and Irene moved into an apartment.
To this union 3 children were born, Fred (Marlys) of Riceville, IA, Jim (Kathy) of Chatfield, MN, Connie (Brad Bucknell) of Cresco, IA, 10 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and 3 great- great- grandchildren.
She was a noble woman, housewife, mother, grandmother, farm hand, teacher, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, club member, American Legion member and loved to play cards. She survived cancer three times, an F4 tornado and WWII while dad was stationed in Germany and prayed for everyone always. Today we honor her.
Irene is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Clarence, 1 brother, 2 sisters and one grandson.