The funeral service for Irene Stover of Sartell, and formerly of Wadena, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 12, 2013, at the St. John Lutheran Church in Wadena, with Pastors Stephen Meltzer and Gary Hendrickson officiating. Friends may call at the church on Thursday from noon until the time of service. Irene passed away at the age of 91, at the Legends at Heritage Place Assisted Living in Sartell, MN, on December 7, 2013.
Irene Lorraine Petersen was born on July 3, 1922, to Ebby Pacen Petersen and Ellen Margaret (Lowrie) Petersen in Homestead Township, Ottertail County, MN. She graduated from New York Mills High School with the class of 1941. Irene was united in marriage with Arnold Gustav Stover on August 31, 1944, in St. Paul, MN. As a young woman, Irene worked as a teacher. She will be remembered during her 50 years in the Wadena community as a sales associate at Woolworths and at JC Penney. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church and kept her hands busy with counted cross stitch. Irene was also an avid reader.
Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold, on February 10, 2001; her parents Ebby Petersen and Ellen Petersen Bakken; step-father Peter Bakken; brother Lyle and sister Marion Martin.
She is survived by her children Robert (Sharon), Kathleen (Juan) Cervantes, Linda (Jim) Jones, Gerald (Janet), and Donald (Lois); 11 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren; and a sister Peg Rimpila.
Honorary pallbearers will be Brad Stover, Greg Stover, Jason Stover, Shane Letourneau and Robin Letourneau. Serving as pallbearers will be Marco Cervantes, Gina Sartori, Jeff Stover, David Jones, Jeremy Stover, and Frank Ronneng.
Burial will be in the Wadena Cemetery.
Arrangements are with the Schuller Family Funeral Homes in Wadena. (www.SchullerFamilyFH.com)