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Irene M. Lindahl, 100

Irene Minnie Johanna (Luhman) Lindahl, age 100, went to be with her Lord Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, surrounded by her family at the Cokato Manor Nursing Home.

The funeral service will be Tuesday, March 5, at 2 p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. The Rev. Michael Nirva will officiate, and Luke Dahl will serve as organist, with special music by Dave and Bev Allen. Interment will be at the St. James Cemetery on Dutch Lake.

Gary Schmieg, Harlan Schmieg, Merlyn Schmieg, Dale Schmieg, Mark Schmieg, and Dane Compton will be the pallbearers.

Arrangements are by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake.

Irene was born May 14, 1912, at Howard Lake, to Albert and Emily (nee Streich) Luhman. Irene was baptized June 16, 1912, by the Rev. A.L. Oetjen at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.

She attended St. James Lutheran School, and was confirmed May 30, 1926, by the Rev. C.G. Seltz.

Irene was united in marriage to Carl B. Lindahl June 13, 1937, at St. James Lutheran Church by the Rev. C.G. Seltz. They farmed southwest of Howard Lake until 1952, when they sold the farm and moved into Howard Lake.

For many years, Irene assisted her husband as custodian and caretaker for St. James Lutheran Church, School, and Cemetery, until 1972.

She enjoyed flowers, gardening and quilting. Before she was married, Irene also taught Sunday school and sang in the choir. Her life centered around her church, home, and relatives.

Irene’s husband, Carl, passed away July 7, 1984. In September 1994, she moved from her house into the Towering Pines Apartments in Howard Lake. In May of 2005, she entered the Cokato Manor Nursing Home.

In addition to her husband, Carl, Irene was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Alfred and Bernard Luhman; and three sisters, Edna Janneke, Leona Bakeberg, and Orella Schmieg.

She is survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.