Irene Agnes Kegler, age 96, of Winsted, passed away Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, at The Garden House Assisted Living in Winsted.
She was born Dec. 23, 1919, in Silver Lake, the daughter of John and Gertrude (Wosmek) Schultz.
Irene attended Country School #27, and graduated from Silver Lake High School in 1937.
Irene and Leonard B. Kegler were joined in holy marriage Sept. 16, 1941, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Silver Lake. God blessed their marriage with six children.
Irene and Leonard engaged in dairy farming for several years, three miles south of Winsted.
Irene later worked for Edco Products in Winsted as a seamstress for 34 years. At the age of 84, she took the job of site manager for Winsted Senior Dining, retiring shortly before her 90th birthday.
She was also a volunteer at St. Mary’s for many years.
Irene enjoyed playing cards, traveling with her friends, and getting together with her family. She had a great sense of humor, and a deep faith in God.
Irene was a faithful member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and the St. Anne’s Society. She held offices in the Council of Catholic Women (CCW), American Legion Auxiliary Post 407, and VFW Auxiliary Post 9232.
Irene is survived by two daughters and a son: Marion (Donald) Lhotka of Lester Prairie, Harlen (Gayle) Kegler of Winsted, and Bonnie (Lannie) Grages of Glencoe; sons-in-law Joseph Vacek of Hutchinson, and Jim Kulinski of Lester Prairie; grandchildren Tom (Deb) Vacek, Mary Vacek, John (Denise) Vacek, Lisa (Brian) Fielder, Lynn (Kevin) Peterson, Daniel (Katie) Lhotka, Jodi (Jeff) Menke, Julie (Eric) Olson, Jill (Greg) Graczyk, Travis Kegler, Melissa (Gerard) O’Halloran, Kyle (Tara) Kulinski and Kristin (Jason) Witts; 24 great-grandchildren; a sister, Adeline Graczyk of Foley; and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard B. Kegler in 1979; daughters Roxanne Kegler in 1961, Janet Vacek in 2011, and Marlene Kulinski in 2015; brothers John Schultz Jr., and Edward Schultz; sisters Agnes Kegler, and Margaret Pichotta; brothers-in-law David Pichotta, Ben Graczyk, and Felix Kegler; and by sisters-in-law Marie Grzeskowiak, and Helen Laxen.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place Thursday, Aug. 11 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, with Father Paul Schumacher as the celebrant. Interment followed at Holy Trinity Cemetery.
There was visitation Wednesday, Aug. 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, with a prayer service at 6 p.m.; and continued Thursday morning from 9 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home.
Casket bearers were Thomas Vacek, John Vacek, Kyle Kulinski, Daniel Lhotka, Travis Kegler, and Connor Larson.
The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.