Irene Gramkow

Posted February 1, 2011 at 4:49 pm


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Irene Gramkow, 90, of Avon died January 28, 2011.

Funeral services are 11 AM, Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at Zion Lutheran Church in Avon, with burial in the church cemetery, rural Avon. Visitation will be at the church on Tuesday from 4 PM until 7 PM with a Prayer Service at 7 PM. Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home in Avon is in charge of arrangements.

Irene Gramkow was born November 23, 1920 at Delmont, SD, the daughter of John and Salme (Uttecht) Peters. She went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, January 28, 2011 at the Good Samaritan Society in Tyndall. Irene attained the age of 90 years, two months and five days.

Irene married Eldor Gramkow on April 26, 1942 at Emmaus Lutheran Church in Tripp. Together they farmed all of their life northwest of Avon until his death in 1972. Irene then worked as a sewer, cutter and bookkeeper at Avon Enterprises for 30 years, retiring at the age of 80.

Irene was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Avon, LWML, and served as a Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher. She was known for having a very strong faith and she lived it daily.

Irene will be remembered for her enjoyment of sewing, crafts, cooking, baking and playing word and board games.

Thankful for having shared her life are her three children and eight grandchildren: Cheryl Nelles of Scotland and her children, Dawn, Melanie and Bryan; Janice and husband Bob Dunker of Dakota Dunes, SD and their children, Sara and Adam; and Les and wife Daphnee Gramkow of Lansing, KS and their children, Lesley, Anne and Holly; 11 great grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; one brother, Leonard and wife Mary Ann Peters of Corsica; two sisters: Alice Goehring of Willmar, MN; Velda and husband Clifford Jerke of Wagner; three sisters-in-law: Velda and Delores Peters of Wagner; and LuElla and husband Clarence Lehr of Tripp; and brother-in-law, Marvin Nelson of Centerville; and several nieces and nephews.

Irene was preceded in death by her husband Eldor; parents; two brothers: Willie and Elmer Peters; sister, Cora Nelson; and brother-in-law, Floyd Gramkow.

Bla