Irma Jaekel, 99

Irma Lila Marie Lenz Jaekel, a resident of the Home of the Good Shepherd, Wilton, NY, age 99, formerly of Montrose, Maple Plain, and Buffalo, died Sunday, March 8, 2020, at Saratoga Hospital, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Funeral services for Saturday, March 21 have been canceled. A memorial service for Irma Jaekel will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Memorial Fund of Saint Peter Lutheran Church, 3030 Navajo Avenue, Watertown, Minnesota 55388.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.

Irma was born Aug. 15, 1920, in Montrose, the daughter of Edward and Mamie (Leaf) Lenz.

She was born again to be God’s own child by the “washing of water and the Word” in Holy Baptism Oct. 3, 1920, administered by the Rev. E.H. Bruns at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Montrose.

Irma was instructed in the Lutheran catechism and affirmed the vows made at her baptism in the rite of confirmation Aug. 5, 1934, also at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Montrose, with the Rev. Alvin Leersen as officiant. Her confirmation memory verse was John 8:31-32, “So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, ‘If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’”

Irma graduated from Montrose High School in 1938.

She was joined in holy matrimony to Arthur G. Jaekel Nov. 8, 1941, at the parsonage of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Montrose. The Rev. Ferdinand Weyland officiated at the wedding ceremony. Their marriage was blessed with a son, James.

Before her move to New York in 1999, Irma was a long-time member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Watertown Township, in Carver County. She served her Lord and the church in many capacities, including being a member and president of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, adult choir member, and Sunday school teacher and superintendent.

After moving to New York, she was an active member of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and Wednesday morning Bible class at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Saratoga Springs.

Irma enjoyed singing, painting still life, gardening, and other outdoor activities. In her almost 10 years at the Home of the Good Shepherd, she enjoyed many of the activities and continued to paint still life. Our thanks to the staff at the Home of the Good Shepherd, Wilton, NY, for their care of Irma.

She is survived by her son, the Rev. James A. (Janice) Jaekel of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; grandchildren Jennifer (Jaekel) Scheffel and her husband, David Scheffel; and Jonathan “Jon” Jaekel and his wife, Ai Chi (Huang) Jaekel; five great-grandchildren, Ella, Grace, Jack, Caroline and Jane Scheffel; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

Irma was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur, in 2000; her father, Edward, in 1965; her mother, Mamie, in 1982; sisters Harriet Bodin in 1974, and Fern Bodin in 2002; and her brother, Harold Lenz, in 1993.

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