Iris V. Behrend, 84
January 20, 1929 - October 14, 2013
A memorial service for Iris Virginia Behrend, age 84 of St. Cloud, will be 11:00 AM, Monday, October 21, 2013 at the St. Cloud Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall (North), 1044 County Road 4, St. Cloud. Visitation will be from 2-5:00 PM Sunday, October 20 at the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home in St. Cloud. Iris died on Monday, October 14 2013, peacefully surrounded by her family at her home.
Iris was born January 20, 1929 in St. Cloud to Ida and Henry Studenski. She grew up in Popple Creek and later moved to St. Cloud where she spent the rest of her life. Iris married Delroy Behrend on October 17, 1948 and together, they had seven children. Iris had a beautiful smile, a listening ear and a caring heart that brought comfort to those who were honored enough to know her. She lived a joyful and thankful life. Her family was priceless to her and she enjoyed any opportunity to spend time with them. Iris was an active and dedicated member of Jehovah's Witnesses for over 50 years. She had an infinite love for Jehovah with her unfailing faith. Iris raised her children with that example of faith and taught them to have grateful hearts and happy souls. She was a homemaker and also worked part time at Herbergers for many years. Iris enjoyed gardening, playing cards, bible studies and traveling. She had a sweet tooth and her favorite color was pink. Iris was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many. She had a great sense of humor, a warm generous spirit and a love of life, which will be greatly missed by all who loved her.
Iris is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Delroy Behrend of St. Cloud. She is also survived by her devoted children; Phyllis (Dale) Olson, Waite Park; Barbara (John) Kiffmeyer, St. Cloud; Douglas Behrend, St. Cloud; Deborah (Greg Jarrett) Behrend, St. Cloud; Kevin Behrend, St. Anna; Vicky (John) Rozycki, Pleasant Lake; Wanda (Kevin) Lutz, St. Cloud; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; her siblings, Lancy Studenski, Popple Creek; Virgil (June) Studenski, Popple Creek, Ervin (JoAnne) Studenski, Minneapolis; and Betty Jane (Fritz) Hiltel, Sauk Rapids.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Ida and Henry Studenski, and her siblings, Arnie Studenski, Marvin Studenski, Roger Studenski, and one grandchild, Cortney Olson.
With grateful hearts, the family wishes to extend a sincere thanks to all who cared for Iris with their compassion and love. We wish to give a special thank you to Deb Ritter and Jan Johnson, along with the entire staff from the St. Cloud Hospice Program for their love.
Memorials may be given to the donors choice.
Published in the St. Cloud Times on Oct. 16, 2013