NEW BREMEN — Irella C. Wente, age 97, of New Bremen, Ohio, died Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Elmwood Assisted Living, New Bremen.
She was born on Feb. 26, 1917, in Cranberry Prairie, Ohio, to the late John & Loretta (Reier) Brockman. She married Raymond J. Wente on Nov. 8, 1941, in Cranberry Prairie. He preceded her in death on June 14, 1996.
She is survived by her children, Betty Lou and Raymond Beyke, Greenville, Ohio, Lavern and Patricia Wente, Minster, JoAnn and Larry Derksen, Celina, Jerry and Patricia Wente, Troy, Marvin and Cheryl Wente, New Bremen, and Joyce and Randy Burnett, Independence, Ky.; 19 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; stepsister, Wilma Beyke, Celina; and stepbrother, Mel and Agnes Bertke, Coldwater.
She was preceded in death by her stepmother, Agnes (Bertke) Brockman, and brother, Serinus and Rita Brockman.
She was a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, New Bremen, and of the New Bremen Senior Citizens. She was a homemaker and a farmer's wife.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church with the Rev. Tom Mannebach celebrant. Burial will take place in St. Augustine Cemetery, Minster, Ohio.
Friends may call at the Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster from 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 7, 2014, and from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 8, 2014.
Condolences may be made at www.hogenkampfh.com.