Irene (Kosch) Dehn, age 86, of Waconia, formerly of Waverly, and Spring Hill, FL, passed away peacefully surrounded by family Friday, May 25, 2018, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.
Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will take place Saturday, Sept. 29 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly. There will be a gathering of family and friends from 9 to 10:15 a.m. at the church, prior to the Mass. Inurnment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Waverly.
Arrangements are with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.
Irene was born Feb. 25, 1932, in Minneapolis, to Stefan and Mary (Palgutt) Kosch. She grew up in Northeast Minneapolis with a brother and a sister.
Irene married Edward Theodore Dehn in 1952. The couple lived in Minneapolis, Richfield, and Burnsville until 1968. During this time, they had four children, and purchased a cabin on Lake Union near South Haven. There, the family spent many weekends boating and fishing.
In 1968, the couple moved to Waverly, where they bought a farm off County Road 8 on the north side of Little Waverly Lake. Then, in 1981, they retired to Spring Hill, FL. After 35 years, in 2016, Irene moved to Westview Acres in Waconia.
Irene was a stay-at-home wife and mother. She was a city girl who learned quickly all about farm life, including raising chickens, pigs, and cows. She made sure her sons did their chores before school and in the evenings, all while Ed worked in Lakeville.
Irene enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, canning, making baby quilts, playing cards, occasional trips to the casino, bingo, but mostly, spending time with her family.
She is survived by her children: Ed (Connie) Dehn, Steve (Candy) Dehn, Tom Dehn, and Lisa Dehn; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Ed; parents; a brother, Stephen Kosch; a sister, Helen Harmon; and daughters-in-law Susanna Dehn and Cindy Dehn.