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“I've known Irene since I was pretty little from days in school when she worked in the cafeteria. Whenever I would see her she was always very nice...Read More »
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Irene Lorraine Niebuhr, age 85, of Wells, MN, died Friday, September 21st, 2018 in Wells, MN. A funeral service will be held Saturday, September 29th, 2018 at 10:30 AM at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Wells. Visitation will be held Friday Sept. 28th, 2018 from 5-8 PM at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to the service. Pr. Mary Iverson will be officiating. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells is assisting the family.
Irene Lorraine was born November 14, 1932 in Foster Township Faribault County, MN, the daughter of William Wenthold and Elizabeth (Staloch) Wenthold. She was united in marriage to Richard Niebuhr July 1, 1959 in Wells. Irene was a beautician and worked at Pines Ballroom, the Golden Bubble, Wells Hospital kitchen, and the Wells School kitchen. Her hobbies included bowling, fishing, gardening, reading, and socializing with lady friends for cards and coffee. For years, she catered for the Hoot'n Holler group, volunteered at the Wells American Legion and Wells VFW and was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
Irene is preceded in death by her parents, husband Richard Niebuhr, son William Niebuhr and brothers Clarence and Norbert Wenthold.
She is survived by her children: Linda (Bob) Buendorf of Wells, Brenda (Jim) Anderson of Rochester, Sandra (Dale) Tatge of Wells, Michael (Aubrey) Niebuhr of Wells, and Lucinda (Paul) Zbaracki of Golden Valley; 15 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; sister Dolores McKean, sister-in-law Donna Wenthold, both of Cathedral City, CA, sister-in-law Charlene Harris of Wells and many nieces and nephews and their families.