Irene Eichstadt

June 25, 1919-Jan. 20, 2014

PRESTON – Services for Irene E. Eichstadt, 94, of Preston, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Chatfield Lutheran Church in Chatfield. Visitation is one hour prior to the service on Saturday at Chatfield Lutheran Church. Burial will follow at Crestlawn Memorial Gardens in Redwood Falls. The family suggests memorials to the Chatfield Lutheran Church. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville.

Mrs. Eichstadt died Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, of natural causes at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, where she had been a patient for one day.

Irene Ethlyn Lee was born June 25, 1919, in Dolliver, Iowa, to George and Dena (Lee) Lee. She grew up in Sanborn, attended school there, graduating from Sanborn H.S. in 1939. Irene was married on May 11, 1940, in Sanborn to Harvey L. Eichstadt. Following their marriage the couple farmed in rural Walnut Grove for many years. They retired in 1990 and moved to Mission, Texas, but continued to spend the summer months at their farm home in Walnut Grove. They moved to Stewartville in March of 2000. Mr. Eichstadt died June 22, 2000. Mrs. Eichstadt moved to Chatfield that same year where she lived until moving to Preston in 2013, to live near her son. Irene attended the Chatfield Lutheran Church while living there, and had always been an active member of ladies circles in the Lutheran churches she and her husband had attended through the years prior. She was an avid reader, enjoyed gardening and had started painting these later years of her life. She enjoyed time spent with family, especially her grandchildren and great grandson.

Irene is survived by her son, Richard (Linda) of Bloomington and Preston; three granddaughters, Andrea (Michael) Neurerburg, Christina Eichstadt, Brooke Eichstadt (Shawn Farnham) and great-grandson, Max; two sisters, Charlotte (Bob) Davis of Broomfield, Colo.. and Bernice Sykora of Windom; and brother, Willard (Shirley) Lee of Sandwich, Ill.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey; her parents; three sisters; and five brothers.