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Irene Frerichs - September 10, 2012


Irene Hermina Frerichs, 89, of Hildreth, died Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, at Bethany Home in Minden.
Irene was born Nov. 21, 1922, at the farm home north of Bloomington to Ehme and Tena (Eilers) Bienhoff.
Irene was baptized Dec. 8, 1922, in Bloomington and was confirmed in 1937 by Pastor Schultz at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in the Ashgrove Community.
She attended country grade school District No. 50 northwest of Bloomington in Franklin County and graduated from Bloomington High School with the Class of 1940.
In 1941 she married John W. Frerichs.
After John returned from World War II service, they lived on a farm southwest of Hildreth and were members of the Country Redeemer Lutheran Church until moving to the village of Hildreth in 1961. They then became members of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hildreth. After the merger of the three Lutheran churches, Irene became a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
She was also a member of the O.E.C. Auxiliary VFW 6016 of Hildreth.
After moving to the village of Hildreth, Irene was employed at the school’s lunch program and the postal service before retirement.
Survivors include her son, Dale, and wife, Elvera, of rural Hildreth; grandchildren, Rick Frerichs, Lori Frerichs, Karen Frerichs and Tarcia Frerichs; great-grandchildren, Derek and Alex Frerichs, Shianne Frerichs, Devin Frerichs and Reanna Crites and extended loving family and friends.
In addition to her husband, John in 1991, she is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Lavina Blank and husband, George; and brother, Elmer Bienhoff and wife, Adeline.
Services were Sept. 14 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Hildreth with Pastors Steve and Patti Byrnes officiating.
Burial was in the Hildreth Cemetery prior to the memorial service.
Jelden-Craig Funeral Home of Hildreth was in charge of arrangements.