Irene V. Kringen
Published: Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
Irene Viola Kringen was born Dec. 8, 1919, in Eureka, S.D. to Chris and Emma Enze.
She lived most of her life in the Aberdeen, S.D., area. On Jan, 17, 1942, she married Irvin C. Kringen and they shared 60 years of marriage together. Aber-deen was their home for 55 years, after which their time was spent between Custer, S.D., and Texas.
Irene was a homemaker who took pride in decorating and caring for her home, having the whitest laundry on the line on Monday mornings and providing good meals for her family. She was a hard worker; she loved to laugh and have fun. Irene had a soft and loving heart for animals and often spoke up for neglected animals.
A highlight in her life was meeting Lawrence Welk, Myron Floren and the band at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D. She also met Victor from The Young & The Restless TV show and was so proud to share the pictures of them together. She attended First Baptist Church in Aberdeen and Custer.
In recent years Irene was a member of Custer Senior Center, where she assisted with recycling greeting cards and playing bingo. She was a resident of Custer Regional Senior Care for the past three years, where she continued to enjoy bingo.
Irene loved her family, and always had a zest for life. She will be remembered by her family and friends for her lovely smile, her helping hand, endless energy and ongoing desire to keep active.
On Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, Irene died at Custer Regional Senior Care in Custer. She was 93 years old.
Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Irvin; parents; one brother; and three sisters.
Survivors include two daughters, Charlene (Jack) Larsen of Custer and Debra (Alan) Martin of Spring Branch, Texas; granddaughters, Jennifer (Trenton) Clerkin of Denver, Susanne Larsen of San Antonio, Texas, Haley, Abby and Mandy Martin; and a great-grandson, Harrison Clerkin.
Funeral services were Sept. 28 at Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home in Aberdeen with Pastor Randy Battey officiating. Burial followed in Riverside Memorial Park.
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