Irene Linnea (nee, Reed) Eberhardt, 87, passed away at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints on Friday, July 24, 2009.
Irene was born in Conover, WI, on May 13, 1922, to Charles P. and Helena (nee, Anderson) Reed. She married Eugene W. Eberhardt, celebrating over 61 years of marriage. Irene loved her original home in the north woods and returned as often as possible. She was active in the Mission Guild and Cradle Roll at St. John’s Lutheran Church, as well as volunteering many hours at the Lutheran High School Thrift Store. She loved to play the organ, watch birds and do crossword puzzles. But most of all, her family was a priority and she enjoyed spending time with her family, talking and visiting with her nieces and nephews, camping, holidays and all social gatherings.
Irene is survived by her husband, Eugene W. Eberhardt; children, Charlene (George) Heckel, Susan Eberhardt, Alice (Brian) Zabielski and Norman (Richard Ganoung) Eberhardt; grandchildren, Jennifer (David) Thamban and Paul (Candice) Heckel; and great-grandchildren, Jeremiah, Owen and Caleb Thamban. Irene is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by seven brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services for Irene will be held at St. John Lutheran Church on Tuesday, July 28, 2009, at noon with Rev. Thomas Chryst officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Tuesday morning from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association or the Lutheran Hour.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff of Wheaton Franciscan All Saints for all of their care and compassion.
Purath-Strand Funeral Home & Crematory
3915 Douglas Ave., Racine (262) 639-8000