Irene E. Schultz, 93

Irene Elizabeth Schultz, age 93, of Howard Lake, went home to her Lord Friday, April 5, 2019, at Ridgeview Waconia Hospital,

She was born Dec. 9, 1925, in Bridgeport, CT, the daughter of Michael and Emelia (Rinko) Serperack. Irene was baptized and confirmed in her faith at Zion Lutheran Church in Bridgeport by the Rev. Herman Wehmeyer.

Irene was united in marriage to William L. Schultz May 1, 1948, at Zion, by the Rev. Wehmeyer. The marriage was blessed with two children, William and Barbara.

Irene worked as a secretary at several businesses, and also in the payroll department of the Bridgeport Brass company for 15 years before the business closed.

In 1984, Irene and William moved to Bayonet Point, FL. Irene remained in Florida for 30 years before moving to Howard Lake to be near her daughter.

Irene was always very active in her churches, both in Connecticut and Florida. She served as a Sunday school teacher, on altar guilds, singing in choirs, and using her secretarial skills to help with bulletins and newsletters.

While in Florida, she volunteered with Hospice, again doing secretarial work.

In her spare time, Irene loved to read, work crossword puzzles, and play board games.

She is survived by her daughter, Barbara (Mark) Schmieg of Howard Lake; daughter-in law Harriet (Marion) White of Reinbeck, IA; grandchildren Kim (Randy) Mester, Suzie (Colin) Meier, Bill (Melissa) Schultz, and Tim Schmieg; and great-grandchildren Steve, Alex, and Brooke Mester, Sydney, Kyra, and Eyan Meier, and Caroline and Emmi Kate Schultz.

Irene was preceded in death by her loving husband, William; son, Rev. William Schultz; and great grandson William Schultz.

A memorial service took place Thursday, April 11 at 2 p.m. at St James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. Interment will be at a later date in Bridgeport, CT.

Arrangements were with Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Howard Lake.

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