Irene C. Stoeckmann, age 86, of Merrill, died on Friday, April 1, 2016 at Pinecrest Nursing Home, while under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services and the caring nursing home staff.
She was born on July 30, 1929 in Muskegan, MI, daughter of the late George and Elisabeth (Heilman) Duley. Irene was baptized in Muskegan, MI and confirmed at Evangelical Lutheran Church of Dutch Corners, Merrill. She was united in marriage to Harold L. Stoeckmann on September 25, 1948 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in the town of Pine River. He preceded her in death on December 28, 2014.
Irene worked as a food server at the schools and Dave’s Red Owl in Merrill. She also worked at the Weinbrenner Shoe Factory and Subway. Irene was a wonderful homemaker and she was known for her cooking and baking, she would host all of the holiday family gatherings. She would enjoy spending time knitting, crocheting and sewing. Harold and Irene used to love to go polka dancing. Irene loved her birds. She would feed and watch the birds at her home, especially the hummingbirds. In her younger years, Irene, along with Harold and the kids, would tend to large gardens and can all of the food that they grew out of those gardens. She would look forward to being able to plant her sweet peas in the Spring. Irene would also enjoy planting her flowers in the summertime. Irene was a long-time member at Trinity Lutheran Church in Merrill. She helped teach Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and she was a member at the Trinity Altar Guild Society. Irene loved her children and grandchildren and great grandchildren with all her heart. She was a giving woman with a big heart. Irene would help anyone in need and was always helping others. She will be greatly missed.
Irene is survived by her children: Michael Steockmann of Anoka, MN, Richard (Ann) Stoeckmann of Merrill, Daniel Stoeckmann of Merrill and Gary (Linda) Stoeckmann of Pelahatchie, MS, brothers: Ralph (Donna) Duley and John (Beverly) Duley, sisters: Esther Schultz and Helen Hafemeister, 11 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents: George and Elisabeth (Heilman) Duley, her husband: Harold L. Stoeckmann, sister: Edna Manke, brothers: Walter Duley and George Duley and her sister-in-laws: Elaine, Lora and Elaine Duley.
Funeral services for Irene will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 11am at Trinity Lutheran Church in Merrill. Visitation will be held onThursday, April 7, 2016 at 9am and continue until the time of the service, also at the church. The Rev. Brian Stolarczyk will officiate. Burial at the St. James Cemetery in the town of Pine River will follow the service.
Waid Funeral Home of Merrill is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.