Cross Plains – Irene A. Schwenn, Age 85, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, December 17, 2012. For the past five years she lived at Girlie's Manor in Cross Plains and called this home. Irene was born on October 24, 1927, the daughter of Fred and Minnie (Marking) Hilgendorf. She was a longtime member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 245 of Cross Plains and she worked several years at Oakwood Nursing home in Madison.
Irene enjoyed her yearly outing to the Brewer game with her family, was an avid sports fan of the Badgers, Packers and Brewers and her favorite game shows on television. She enjoyed her weekly bingo with Trish. Irene enjoyed playing euchre with the residents at Girlie's. Her family was very important to her, especially spending time with her four great grandchildren.
Irene is survived by a daughter, Nancy (Leonard) Acker of Cross Plains; two grandsons, Timothy (Pam) Acker of Cross Plains and Thomas (Gina) Acker of Cross Plains; four great grandchildren, Alyssa, Tyler, Joshua and Brianna; Sisters, Dorothy Miller of Madison and Lavonne Shipley of Middleton; her in-laws, Obert (Ivy) Schwenn of Verona and Betty Schwenn of Oregon; and many relatives and friends
She was preceded in deathy by her husband, Kenneth ‘Gopher' Schwenn; her parents; brother, Edward (Patricia) Hilgendorf; sisters, Anna Mae (Russell) Schwenn, Lucile (Fritz) Tritton; infant sister, Darlene Hilgendorf; her in-laws, Velva, Ronald (Edith), Robert and James (Mary).
Funeral services will be held at SAINT MARTIN'S LUTHERAN CHURCH, 2427 Church St. Cross Plains, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 22, 2012 with the Rev. Rick Lund presiding. Burial will be in Valley Home Cemetery. Family and friends may call during a visitation from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the church on Friday, December 21, 2012. Friends may also call at church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday.
The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Daniel Jarzemsky and his entire staff at UW Health Cross Plains, Doug Gregory and the entire staff at Girlie's Manor in Cross Plains for the great love and care given to Irene up to the time of her death, Sister John Rose and Pastor Rick Lund for all their love, visits, prayers and support. Memorials may be made in Irene's name to St. Martin's Lutheran Church.
‘Blessed is the mother who follows the lord, so her children can learn and can grow… the unselfish mother who holds on with love, yet knows when it's time to let go. Blessed is the mother whose faith keeps her going through trials, traumas, and cares. Who handles the easy with wisdom and love and the not-quite-so-easy with prayers. Blessed is the mother who meets all your needs from the very first day of your birth, Blessed is the mother who shares so much love, for she's God's special angel on earth.'