Mary Ann Etta (Irlbeck) Irlmeier (1934 - 2014)

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Mass of the Christian burial for Mary Ann E. Irlmeier was held Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Church in Templeton. Rev. Steven Brodersen was the Celebrant. Honorary Casket Bearers were Mary Ann's December Birthday Club Girls. Casket bearers were Chad Hoffman, Brian Meiners, Scott Eischeid, Garrett Hansen, Ben Irlmeier, Michael Strautman, Mitchell Irlmeier, Sam Irlmeier, Jakob Crogan and Karsen Crogan. Interment was in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Templeton. The Ohde Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements
Mary Ann Etta, daughter of Alphonse and Margaret (Underberg) Irlbeck, was born Dec. 12, 1934 near Templeton.  She was baptized, made her First Communion and was confirmed at St. Joseph's Church in Dedham and attended Sacred Heart School in Templeton.  Growing up with nine brothers, Mary Ann developed into a very independent and strong-willed woman.
Mary Ann was united in marriage with Frank "Boots" Irlmeier on Nov. 23, 1954 at Sacred Heart Church in Templeton.  They farmed north of Templeton, raising livestock and row crops.  In addition to being a dedicated farm wife and mother, Mary Ann enjoyed decorating homes for family and friends, gardening and crafts. When her children were grown, she worked at Muellers in Manning and Fine Things in Carroll, as well as volunteering at New Hope thrift stores.  She was a faithful member of Sacred Heart Parish in Templeton, including the Ladies Guild and Catholic Daughters (50+ years), and the American Legion Auxiliary.  Mary Ann enjoyed bingo, casino slot machines, and trips to Branson, Mo., with her girlfriends.  In 1984 she and her husband built a new home on the west edge of Templeton. 
When Frank died in 1994, Mary Ann continued to reside in their home.  Due to the progression of Alzheimer's symptoms, Mary Ann became a resident of Sunnybrook Assisted Living and later St. Anthony Nursing Home in Carroll.  She died there on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 at the age of 79 years, 2 months and 7 days.
Mary Ann is preceded in death by her parents; husband Frank "Boots" Irlmeier; son Mark Irlmeier in 1998; infant son Kenneth; son-in-law Danny Meiners in 1999; infant sister Mary Helen; and special friend Glenn Bruun.
She is survived by ten children: Carol Strautman (Jim) of Carroll; JoAnn Beane (David) of Audubon; Donna Eischeid (Loren) of Bedford; Debra Hansen (Kyle) of Templeton; Connie Hoffman (Dave) of Willey; Janice Andersen (Tim) of Audubon; Bruce Irlmeier (Anissa) of Templeton; Thomas "Fly" Irlmeier (Kim) of Gray; Linda Croghan (Luke) of Manning; Brenda Croghan (Paul) of Malvern; daughter-in-law Jonelle Gaskill-Irlmeier of Audubon; 42 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; nine brothers: Bernard "Sonny" Irlbeck (Helen) of Templeton; Jerome Irlbeck of Manning; John Irlbeck (Barb) of Coon Rapids; Raymond Irlbeck (Marian) of Manning; Jim Irlbeck (Pat) of Manning; LeRoy Irlbeck (Elaine) of Manning; Tom Irlbeck (Dawn) of Aspinwall; Fred Irlbeck (Karen) of Aspinwall; and Eugene Irlbeck (Mary Jo) of Carroll; other relatives and friends. 
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Mary Ann's family requests that memorial donations be made to the Sacred Heart Parish in Templeton.
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL on Feb. 28, 2014