Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, Jan. 24, 2000

Volunteer enjoys being part of Holy Trinity family

Irene Kutz finds her volunteer time spent on a number of Holy Trinity committees including the parish pastoral council, raffle calendar, marathon, liturgy and spiritual life, as well as sitting in on the education committee.

In fact, it's hard to list all of the things Kutz is involved in because something probably will be left out. Her face is a familiar one in both the church and the school.

A great helper on many Knights of Columbus projects, such as the annual fish fry, KC banquet and free throw contest, one of the most recent projects Kutz was involved in was the changes that were made to the church grotto area. Her husband, Bob, was grand knight for the KC for two years.

Kutz also seems to find time to pitch in and help with many little things that take place in both the church and the school. She loves to help decorate the church for both Christmas and Easter, she leads the rosary many times before Masses during the months of Mary, and she helped paint the inside of the school during the summer.

When asked why she finds so much of her time spent at Holy Trinity, Kutz replied, "I love Trinity. Holy Trinity is like one big family. I hope it stays that way forever. My boys received such a good education there. They both realized that, when they were in college."

Kutz works full-time at Sterner Lighting Systems, Winsted, where she is working lead in assembly.

No matter how busy things get, Kutz and her husband still find time to go deer hunting together during the shotgun season, something they have done for the last 28 years. She has only shot two deer in all that time, but does not consider their trips together unsuccessful.

It is their time together that really matters, Irene explains. She says that Bob is very supportive of all she does and that "he is a keeper."

When she has free time, Kutz likes to walk, read, decorate and sew. Her decorating hobbies have led her and Bob to remodeling their home in Winsted.

Sewing time has brought her to create "Peek-a-boo" dolls that have Velcro on their hands and eyes so the doll is able to play peek-a-boo. She even sews on hair. By the time the dolls are completed, she feels attached to them and has a very hard time giving them up.

Her very first doll went to Sister Catherine Mary, one of the nuns at Holy Trinity. She does not sell the dolls, but gives them to her friends.

Bob and Irene have two sons. Mark, a '91 graduate of Holy Trinity, was killed in a car accident in 1997.

Michael, an '88 graduate of Holy Trinity, will graduate from Anoka Hennepin this spring and plans to go into golf course management. He interned at Fox Hollow in St. Michael. Michael is engaged to be married and plans a fall wedding at Holy Trinity.

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