Irene Margaret Duerr, 84, of Julesburg, CO passed away on Saturday, March 16 2013, in Denver, CO. Funeral Services were held Thursday, March 21, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Julesburg. Interment followed at Hillside Cemetery in Julesburg.
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Irene was born June 21, 1928 in Garden County Nebraska to Fred and Emma (Reinwald) Dormann. She graduated from Chappell High School. On June 15, 1947, Irene married Wayne W. Duerr. They lived on a farm south of Julesburg where she was a homemaker raising four children. They were married for 26 years until Wayne's sudden death in 1973. In 1975 Irene left the farm and moved into her new home in Julesburg. After Wayne's death, Irene worked as a retail clerk for Dean's Men's Clothing Store, Long's, and later Prince Variety in Julesburg until her retirement in 2001.
Irene was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Women's Circle. In her early years she enjoyed bowling and attending the state tournaments with her team. She loved to play pinochle with her friends and take trips with her children. Dancing to big band music and country swing was one of the most enjoyable things she loved to do. And she was a great dancer. Irene enjoyed doing crafty projects like making quilts, crocheting, and embroidering. She loved to cook and bake and usually used her family to try out new recipes.
Irene is survived by her son Terry (Charlotte) Duerr of Loveland, CO, daughter Cheryl (Doug) Gorton of Aurora, CO, daughter Janelle (Greg) Hamilton of Castro Valley, CA, and Jodene (John) Geiger of Golden, CO, 10 grandchildren: Jaimie (J.T.) DeJaynes, Zachary and Daniel Geiger, Kristy (John) Wilhite, Amy and Steffany Hamilton, Sunny (Jennifer) Duerr, Breese (Michelle) Duerr, Wendy Duerr, and Doug Duerr (LaQuita) Duerr and 9 great-grandchildren: Jack Wilhite, Emma Duerr, Lacey, Colin, Dakota, and Faith Duerr, Courtney and Madison Duerr, Elle Davis. Irene was preceded in death by husband Wayne, parents Fred and Emma Dormann, Brothers Otto, Arnold, Harlin, and Harold Dormann; Sisters Erma Schmidt and Dala Anderson.
Memorials can be made in Irene's name to St. Paul's Lutheran Church c/o Cheryl Gorton, 2609 S. Oswego Street, Aurora, CO 80014-1881. Austin-Tennant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Julesburg Advocate on Mar. 21, 2013