Irene Wenger

Irene M. Wenger, 94, of Beaver, passed away on Jan. 25, at the Eastern Star Masonic Home in Boone.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 30 at Zion Lutheran Church in Ogden. Pastor Wade Brandt officiated.  Visitation was held Jan. 29 from 4 to 9 p.m., with family present to greet friends from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Zion Lutheran Church. Burial was in the Beaver Cemetery.

Irene May Hess was born on July 22, 1919, in Paton, she was the daughter of Robert and Matilda (Haase) Hess.  She graduated with the Dana High School class of 1937.

On December 13, 1937, Irene was united in marriage to Eldon Leslie Wenger in Davenport. The couple lived on a farm north of Jefferson before moving to Des Moines, and later lived in Port Orchard, Washington.  From 1944 to 1946, Eldon served his country in the United States Army.  During this time Irene was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jefferson where she lived with her family.  Following his honorable discharge, Eldon and Irene returned to Jefferson where they lived until moving north of Beaver and then later established their home in Beaver.  The couple owned & operated Wenger Truck Line, Inc, which later became Beaver Truck Line, Inc. for over 40 years, with offices in Beaver, Omaha, and Chicago. They transported livestock, grain, and steel.  The couple also owned and operated Wenger Farms Inc.  Eldon passed away on November 19, 2000.

Irene belonged to Zion Lutheran Church in Ogden.  She was proud to have belonged to the Dana High School class of 1937, and was great about keeping in touch with classmates and printing class books for certain years.  Irene and Eldon enjoyed attending the Dana Alumni Banquet.  Irene also enjoyed country music, bingo, solitaire, and watching sports.  Irene and Eldon made many lasting friendships over the years through several activities including winters spent in Arizona.

Among the survivors are three children, Colleen I. Radebaugh (William H.) of Grand Junction, Eldo E. Wenger (Pam) of Stockton, California, and Jacqueline J. Sturtz (Roger) of Humboldt; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren;  one sister, Arline Robbins of Jefferson; and many other relatives and friends.  

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Eldon; one brother, Melvin Hess; two sisters, Evelyn Wenger and Marjorie Smalley; her son, Roger Wenger; granddaughter, Lisa Wenger; great-grandson, Jeremiah Wenger and a granddaughter-in-law, Anne Wenger.

Memorials may be left to Zion Lutheran Church, PO Box L, Ogden, IA 50212.

Carson Stapp Funeral Home in Ogden assisted the family with arrangements, 515-275-2702, www.carsonstappfuneralhome.com

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