Irene Vercruysse

May 1, 1917-Jan. 13, 2013

MARSHALL – Mass of Christian Burial for Irene Vercruysse, 95, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday with a 4 p.m. Rosary and 7 p.m. prayer service at the Hamilton Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Tracy.

She died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at the Avera Morningside Heights Care Center.

Irene Frances was born May 1, 1917, in Clifton Township, Lyon County, to Edward Peter and Elsie (Rankin) Loke.

On Sept. 30, 1936, Irene was married to Harold Israel Williams. Harold passed away in 1964. On Dec. 5, 1967, she married Bill Christians. A few years after Bill’s death in 1968, Irene was married to George Vercruysse on Jan. 9, 1971. Irene was self employed as a professional house cleaner and also worked for Carrow’s Formal Wear. In her later years Irene cleaned at the Lynd Elementary School and also helped in the kitchen.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who loved making Sunday dinner for her family. She enjoyed baking, cooking, playing cards and embroidered numerous pillow cases and dish towels.

Irene entered Avera Morningside Heights Care Center where she was known as “Reney” by her caregivers there. She loved participating in the many activities, especially Bingo.

Survivors include her four children, Marge (and Merlin) Cadwell of Clara City, Arnie Williams of Marshall, Allen Williams of Rixeyville, Va., and Dianne Karlstad (and fianc, Harold Hess) of Lynd: 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; sister, Darlene Wilson of Marshall; two brothers-in-law, Robert “Buck” Fischer and Paul Inden; also many other relatives and friends.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents; three husbands; 12 children, Merlyn, Darrell, Marlene, Charlotte, Beverly, Harold Elmer, Darwin, Lloyd, Carroll, Donavon, Mary Kathryn “Katie” and Keith Williams; grandson, baby boy Pope; and three sisters, Evelyn Binnebose, Maxine Inden and Teresa Fischer.

Blessed be the Memory of Irene F. Vercruysse