Irene C. Woitalla, age 80, of Waverly, passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
She was born Sept. 4, 1938, in a farmhouse outside of Roscoe, MN, the daughter of Peter and Alvina (Schmitz) Kraemer.
Irene was joined in Holy Matrimony to Edward S. Woitalla Oct. 7, 1959, in St. Anna, MN. They were blessed with three sons, Joe, Jim, and John.
Ed suffered from kidney disease, and Irene took care of him for many years until his death in 1979.
In her life, Irene enjoyed helping people by donating her time, and she was very giving of herself. She gave her time to many community activities, finding and donating items people needed; and was involved in foster care as a foster parent, group home, and placements for children.
Irene loved to entertain, hosting many dinner parties at her home, COF dinners, church events, and card clubs; and enjoyed inviting anyone over for holidays when they didn’t have a place to go. Her other hobbies were many, to name a few: cooking, traveling, flowers, dancing, playing cards, and anything that involved family.
She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly, where she served with the finance committee, building committee, funeral assistance, religion class instructor, and as a Eucharistic minister. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, a Booster member, city of Waverly election judge, had sponsored and planned the Joe Woitalla Fishing Expo, and helped organize many other various events.
Irene was employed by Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and his wife, Muriel, for many years as their secretary. Later, she began to sell insurance, worked for the Mueller Agency, and then opened her own business, Shore Agency. Her son, Joe joined the business.
After selling that business, she continued to provide insurance under the Woitalla Agency. As part of the insurance world, Irene was on many insurance boards.
In addition to her husband, Edward, Irene was preceded in death by her son, Joseph.
She is survived by her children: James (RoseMary) Woitalla, John (Amy) Woitalla, and foster daughter Michelle (Alan) Loch; grandchildren: Daniel Woitalla, Mitchell (Grace) Woitalla, Jacob Marschall, Joshua Marschall, Jackson Marschall, Kaitlin (Trevor) Wendlandt, Kelsey Loch, and Brendan Loch; siblings Roselin Jonas, Ervin (Ellie) Kraemer, Delroy (Janice) Kraemer, Delrose (Stanley) Symanietz, Alice (Bob) Koylinski, Erma (Donald) Klein, and Marlene (Steve) Bresnahan; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Tuesday, July 9 at 11 a.m. at the Church of St. Mary in Waverly.
There was visitation Monday, July 8 in St. Mary’s Parish Center from 4 to 8 p.m., with a 3:30 p.m. rosary, and a 7:30 p.m. prayer service. Visitation continued Tuesday from 9 to 10:45 a.m., prior to the Mass. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Arrangements were with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.