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Irene Lorraine Geiger passed away peacefully on July 9, 2019 at the Vinton Lutheran Home at the age of 97.

To reflect her loving spirit, a celebration of Irene’s life will be held at Wesley United Methodist Church in Vinton at 11:00
a.m. on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 with Rev. Brian Channel officiating. A visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at the
church before the service. Following the immediate graveside service at Bear Creek Cemetery in Brandon, there will be
time for fellowship and refreshments at the church. To share a thought, special memory or condolence with Irene’s
family, please visit www.vsrfh.com. Honoring Irene’s wishes, the casket will be closed.

Irene was born on February 18th, 1922 in Brandon, Iowa to John and Cora (Loveless) Albert. She was united in
marriage to Dale Geiger in 1938 and worked tirelessly with him, throughout their 61 year marriage, to farm together
southwest of Vinton. They raised a loving family; daughter Beverly (married to Ron Fiebelkorn), son Glen (formerly
married to Lois Holliday Kray) and daughter Brenda (Bunny, formerly married to Paul Feller and until her death, to Gene
Fritch).

An active farm wife, working side by side with Dale, she helped raise livestock and chickens, maintaining a large garden
and orchard. In 1988, Irene and Dale renewed their wedding vows at a 50 year celebration, including hundreds of
friends and family members.

Among her close family and friends, Irene will be missed for many reasons, in particular, her wit, infectious smile and
forthcoming hugs that warmed everyone’s hearts. Her pride and joy was her family. We know she will be watching
over us, and will always be our greatest supporter. She enjoyed remembering all of her friends’ birthdays by calling
and playing ‘Happy Birthday’ to them on her organ. She survived colon cancer surgery at the age of 87, and a broken
hip at the age of 95. She counted among her many friends from Congregate Meals, Wesley United Methodist
Church, Friday night dances in Independence and numerous auxiliaries and clubs.

She leaves behind a legacy that her family is proud of - generous, selfless, faithful, thoughtful, hardworking and
witty.

Irene’s immediate family would like everyone at the Vinton Lutheran Home to know how much they cherish and
appreciate the wonderful, loving care she received over the past several years. Every member of the generous,
supportive staff became part of Irene’s extended family. Compassus Hospice also provided caring, generous support as
Irene lived her last few weeks of care at the Lutheran Home.

She is preceded in death by her parents, 8 siblings and their spouses, her husband Dale in 1999, her three beloved
children Bev in 2012, Glen in 2017, Bunny in 2017, son-in-law Ron Fiebelkorn, her grandson-in-law Bob Patava, and
great-grandchildren Brittany Geiger and Brandon Patava. She is survived by her six grandchildren; Rod (Lori)
Fiebelkorn, Renee Fiebelkorn (widow of Bobby) Patava, Brian (DeAnn Johnson) Geiger, Stephanie Feller (Jeff)
Whitehead, Eric (Jean) Feller, and Andy (Kim) Feller. Irene’s loving legacy was enjoyed by her 23 great-grandchildren;
Jordan (Rina) and Stephen Fiebelkorn; Robert, Ronald (Cassie) and Brandon Patava; Brittany Geiger and Cortland
Geiger and Jeremiah Weatherwax; Tyler, Laynie, Maddie, Griffin, Cam and Hallie Whitehead; Ken, Alec, Brady, Kaylee,
Jay, Gabby and Olivia Feller; and Lexi and Jackson Feller, as well as six great-great grandchildren; Conrad and Kai
Fiebelkorn, Serenity and Hennessey Patava, as well as Alex and Andres. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Oma
(Geiger) Eckhart, many nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Irene’s name to the Vinton Lutheran Home. Van
Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home is caring for Irene and her family.



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I am Mary Gill Mellgren. Irene is my Mother’s Sister (Hazel Marie Albert Gill) and my favorite aunt. I was fortunate to attend Aunt Irene’s 90th birthday. Living in Florida, I have not been back to Iowa since then. I Loved her dearly and am so sorry to hear that she has passed. However, I am thankful to everyone at the Lutheran Home who took such good care of her. Sincerely, Mary Mellgren
By: Mary Elaine Gill Mellgren on August 3rd 10:53pm

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