Wickland, Irene Fern Sturm 06/27/1927 ~ 06/15/2013 RANCHO SANTA FE Irene Fern Sturm Wickland was born in 1927 and almost lived to her 86th birthday. Graduating high school at age fifteen, she attended the College of the Pacific in Stockton. She met and married the love of her life, Gerald Wickland, who was at UC Berkley in a officer training program with the Navy, when she was 19. Jerry served as a naval officer in WWII. Irene and Jerry's children, Janice O'Hara and William Wickland were born in the early 50's. As the children grew, she started and became the Director of the St. Mark's Methodist Church Preschool in Orinda, Calif. Irene inspired her daughter to become an elementary teacher. Bill was called to dentistry and attended Irene's alma mater, UOP. Four beautiful granddaughters resulted from Bill and Jan marriages: Jennifer, Melissa, Tira and Shea. Melissa Hawks and Tira Wickland are both practicing Physician Assistants in Northern California. Shea Wickland is in her second year of Medical School at the University of Michigan
. Shea, like her grandfather is an officer in the Navy. Jennifer is the mother of Irene's great-grand- children: Ella, age five and Lauren, age 18 mos. Irene was a Silver Life Master Bridge player and a top level doubles player in tennis. Irene will continue to remain within each and every one of us in our hearts as she joins her Father in Heaven.