A visitation will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 PM on Friday, July 12, 2019, at Oakcrest Funeral Services, Bancroft. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 PM on Friday, July 12, 2019, at St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Bancroft.
Irene Ruth Laabs was born on July 7, 1921 in rural Fenton, daughter of Reinhold and Martha (Mienke) Laabs. She grew up in Fenton graduating from Fenton High School in 1939.
On December 19, 1942, she was united in marriage to Virgil Wolf in Fenton. They were blessed with eight children. Irene wasn't interested in materials things, but valued what was most important in life, her family. She loved them dearly and never hesitated to put her children first. There was no better way to show this devotion to them than by being a stay at home mom.
Irene loved gardening and canning vegetables. She also enjoyed baking bread, copying recipes, and crossword puzzles. Her faith was important. She was a member of St. John's Catholic Church.
Irene died Saturday, July 6, 2019 at the Algona Manor Care Center. She was 97.
Irene is survived by her children, Leroy (Linda) Wolf of Forest City, Martha "Sis" Wolf of Clear Lake, Joseph (Shirley) Wolf of Ohio, Vincent "Bud" (Connie) Wolf of Mineral, VA, Helene "Mickey" Wolf of Algona, Donald (Kristy) Wolf of Pilot Mound; and Mary (Earl) Thompson of Algona; sons-in-law, Brian Bowman and Mike Hall; 36 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Virgil Wolf in February of 1977; daughter, Vicki Bowman-Hall in November of 2010; siblings, Florence Renfrow, Mabel Mortenson, Wilfred Laabs, Alice Smidt, Alvira Haase, and Arnold Laabs.
Irene, was a sweet lady! I always enjoyed visiting with her at the Manor! She ♡ her children and grandchildren....her smile lit up the room when you asked her about them.
You all have my deepest sympathy!
Prayers are with all the family of Irene. She was a great neighbor back some years ago. Her and my mom were good friends. She is now in God's hands. RIP Irene
Such a sweet lady. RIP Irene ❤️
Such a sweet and loving aunt!! I looked so much like her when I was younger that Mom even called me “Irene” sometimes. She was such a gentle and shy lady and will be greatly missed!!
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