Wanda "Irene" Klein was born on August 18, 1935, to her parents Clyde Wanda Seeley and Neil S. Swensen. She was welcomed by siblings: Russell, Darlene and Boyd with Carol joining the family later.
She attended school at Lincoln Elementary and graduated from South Fremont High School in May 1953. After graduation, she worked in West Yellowstone and then moved to Idaho Falls to work for S.H. Kress and Company.
She met and then married William "Harvey" Klein on November 18, 1955. They made their home in Wilford, Idaho, where they continued to live their entire lives raising children: Donna, John, Brent and Mark, along with livestock and various crops.
Irene enjoyed the farm life and working in the dirt. She raised a beautiful garden and often shared many vegetables with friends and family. She was proud of her flower gardens and couldn't wait for spring to bring the tulips and iris into full bloom. Another favorite in springtime was the birth of lambs and calves. She truly enjoyed nurturing the mothers and their newborn babies.
Irene is preceded in death by her husband (Harvey); son (Mark); son-in-law (David Gietzen); brother and sister-in-law (Russell and LaRue Swensen); brother-in-law (Douglas French); and her parents.
She is survived by siblings: Boyd (Chris) Swensen, Darlene French and Carol (Dave) Gardner. Her children: Donna Gietzen (Gerry Thamert), John (Lynn) Klein and Brent (Robin) Klein. Her grandchildren are Austin (Jesse) Klein, Breck Klein, Katie (Kolby) Watson, Casey (Tasha) Moore, seven great- grandchildren, and several inherited grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
We would like to thank The Rexburg Homestead Caregivers and The Homestead Home Health and Hospice for their kind and compassionate care they provided to our mom during the past year.
Visitation will be Friday, April 30, 2021, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Wilford Ward LDS Church and May 1, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. with services being held at 11 a.m. at the Wilford Ward LDS Church.
Burial will be in the Wilford Cemetery under the direction of Baxter Funeral Home, Ashton, Idaho.
Condolences may be sent online to http://www.baxterfh.com
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Published by Rexburg Standard Journal from Apr. 30 to Jun. 1, 2021.