Anna Irene Dale was born June 15, 1916, on a farm near Church's Ferry, N.D., to Issaac and Sarah Jane (McConnel) Rohrer. She is one of nine, two of whom died in infancy.
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Irene passed away March 3, 2011, in Bozeman.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Walter Dale; and brothers and sisters.
Irene attended Irvine School for 12 years. She also went to church services there, and was baptized and confirmed at Irvine School.
She attended Minot Business College for six months and afterwards worked for the Bureau of Identification in Bismarck, N.D. She later worked as a stenographer in the insurance department. It was there she met the love of her life, Walter Sanford "Sandy" Dale. They were married for 62 years.
When Sandy enlisted in the Navy, Irene got a job at the U.S. Employment Services in Bismarck. When Sandy was moved to Washington, D.C., Irene joined him and got a job with the British Admiral Delegation. When Sandy was shipped overseas, she moved back to the farm in North Dakota to help take care of her dad who had a stroke.
After Sandy was discharged from the Navy in 1945, they opened a Coast-to-Coast store in Harlem, Mont. They had to sell their little old car to get money for the till on opening day.
In 1956, a little 5-year-old named Kathy came to live with them, and they had to learn to be parents.
Irene and Sandy belonged to Hope Lutheran Church, and Irene was a life-time member of the V.F.W. She loved to golf, play bridge, bowl and knit.
She leaves behind her daughter, Kathy, and her wonderful son-in-law, Jim; her sister, Lois Ljungren; and brother, Arvin and his wife, Jeanette; several nieces and nephews; and her wonderful caregivers for the past few years, Jennie and David Lockie. She has enjoyed living at Aspen Pointe the past several years. All of the employees are so caring and helpful.
Services are pending. Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Mar. 9, 2011