Irene Harms

Published On: Jun 26 2013 03:26:30 PM CDT

Irene Harms, 94, of Muscoda died Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at the Golden Living Center, Riverdale.

She was born June 10, 1919 the daughter of John and Stella (Landon) Harms. Irene returned to high school with her two sisters at the age of 25 and graduated in three years in 1947. After graduation she began work as a telephone switchboard operator for General Telephone at the Muscoda exchange. After 11 years she was replaced by modern dial telephone system. Irene went to work as a general aide at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. She returned to Muscoda going to work in Richland Center for Kleinschmidt Industries until it closed in 1970 and O’Bryan Brothers until her retirement. Irene was an elite seamstress designing her own patterns and sewing dresses, suits, and coats. Not one to sit still, Irene was always crafting a project. Her crafts were sold at local art fairs. Irene worked with her sister growing and selling beautiful plants. On December 22, 1932 at the age of 14, Irene was saved.

Irene is survived by nieces; Phyllis (Phillip) Aschenbrenner of Westminster, CO, Janice Harms of Boscobel, Bonita Harms and Helene Bethke both of Muscoda, nephew; John Harms of Muscoda: many other cousins and friends.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents, brother Glen Harms, sisters Maxine Bethke and Ione Harms, brother-in-law, Howard Bethke and sister-in-law, Kathleen Harms.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the Blue River Gospel Hall, with burial to follow in the Muscoda Cemetery. Friends may call at the Blue River Gospel Hall on Friday, June 28, 2013 from 9:30 AM until the time of the service at 11:00 AM.

The Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service is assisting the family with their arrangements.

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