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Irene S. Gnitka, 96

Irene S. (Klick) Gnitka, age 96, of Delano, died Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at the Golden Living Center in Delano.

She was born Aug. 8, 1915, in Franklin Township, the daughter of Emil and Frances (Frach) Klick.

Irene received her early education at St. Peter Catholic School, and graduated from Delano High School with the class of 1933.

She was united in marriage to Simon “Sam” Gnitka Sept. 11, 1946. They were blessed with one son, Thomas Anthony, who passed away at the age of 6 weeks.

Irene’s first priority was her church. She was a lifetime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, having taught religious education, (CCD) for 30 years. She also served as past president of the Delano Deanery Council of Catholic Women, a member of the Altar and Rosary Society, and also as president for eight years of the St. Hedwig Society, now affiliated with St. Ann Council of St. Peter’s Church. Irene also served as a Eucharistic minister for the home-bound and residents of the Delano Health Care Center.

She was a long-time member of the American Legion Auxiliary, since 1949.

Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Simon, “Sam;” her son, Thomas Anthony; parents Emil and Frances Klick; brothers Anthony Klick and Clarence “Kelly” Klick; nephew and god-child Harvey Klick; and sisters-in-law Anna Klick and Cecelia Barthel.

She is survived by her special cousins, Edward and Marla Frach; nephews Richard (Betty) Klick, Dale Klick, and Dwayne Klick; godchildren Marvin Styrbicky, Rickard Gallus, Mark Motzko, Michael Frach, and Jeanie Motzko; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial took place Saturday, June 16 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Delano, with visitation in the church two hours prior to the Mass. A rosary service began at 9 a.m. The Mass was concelebrated by the Revs. Paul Kammen and Kevin Magner, and interment followed in the church cemetery.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.