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Irene Edna Jipson
June 6, 1921 - August 25, 2012


Irene Jipson, 91, of Oelwein died Saturday, August 25, 2012 at Grandview Healthcare Center in Oelwein.

Funeral services will be at 10:30AM Wednesday, August 29 at Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein.  Visitation will be from 4-7PM on Tuesday, August 28 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein and for the hour before the funeral service at the church.  She will be laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery at Oelwein.

Irene Edna (Gletty) Jipson was born on June 6, 1921 near Hawkeye, Iowa to parents Ira and Mabel (Hassler) Gletty.  She married Ralph Ira Jipson on January 22, 1939 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein by Reverend H.S. Schiffler.  They were married 73 years, 7 months, and 3 days.

Ralph and Irene moved to the family farm and lived there until they semi-retired. They then moved to the farm up the road, where they continued to live until moving to Grandview Healthcare Center, where Ralph still resides and is lovingly cared for by the staff there.

Irene attended Banks Township #1 Country School and then attended and graduated from Oran High School.  She was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church, Afternoon Circle, Neighborhood Card Club and the Jolly Circle Club.  Irene loved quilting, cooking, flowers, working in her garden, and enjoyed travelling to visit family. 

Irene will be dearly missed by all who knew, and continue to love her, including: her husband Ralph; her daughter Shirley Skrobecki of Lincoln, NE; her son and daughter-in-law Ronald and Sandra Jipson of Oelwein; her 10 grandchildren; and her 20 great-grandchildren.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents Ira and Mabel Gletty; her daughter Sharon Schuller; her sisters: Lucille Slater, Irma Kane and Galda Wood; and her brothers: Floyd Gletty and Russell Gletty. 

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society and Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein.


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Rich McClain on September 3, 2012 at 3:19 PM said:

My deepest sympathy to all of the family. Irene had such a warm personality. I always enjoyed running into Ralph and her through the years. When I was a teenager I sometimes saw Ralph and Irene dancing at the Colliseum in Oelwein and thought, "What a cool couple!"
Bob Rasmussen, Tampa, Florida on August 31, 2012 at 8:30 AM said:

Dear Ralph, Shirley, Ron, and Family,

You have my deepest sympathy for your loss. I have many fond childhood memories of all the many get togethers between our families. I hope that your grief will be assuaged by your loving memories.

Lyle and Fran Recker on August 30, 2012 at 11:27 AM said:

To Ralph and family,
You have our sympathy at this difficult time.Irene was a
lovely lady and will be dearly missed. Special prayers for
you all!
Sheryl (Hilsenbeck) Weber on August 29, 2012 at 12:17 PM said:

To Ralph and all the Jipson family, We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Irene. She was a very special lady. My dad Clair was Ralph's cousin and when we would come to see the folks they always managed to see some family. And we as kids always enjoyed those visits. Irene would also come and visit mom at the home too after dads death. Keeping you all in our prayers.
Jeff & Peggy on August 27, 2012 at 11:57 AM said:

Please accept our sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. This is one of the most difficult things we must face in our life. May it comfort you to know that others are deeply touched by your loss. God assures us at Psalms 34:18 that he is near to those broken in heart and those crushed in spirit he saves. Jesus also promises that we will be able to see our loved ones again. Jesus own words found at John 5:28,29 tells us there will be a resurrection. What a wonderful hope! God says that soon on the earth there will be no more pain, suffering and especially death at Revelation 21:3-5 We anxiously await the day when we will no longer lose those we love. May these bible thoughts bring you comfort at this most difficult time.
Sheryl Gosse & Frd, Dick's & Adele & Clarence on August 26, 2012 at 10:38 PM said:

Ralph, Ron/Sandy & Shirley:What wonderful memories you all have of Irene, she was so loved my many as a wonderful neighbor/friend/church member all these years. We all have good memories & she did well taking care of Ralph & Ira. She will be missed by many as well as her family. Irene is now pain free and resting in peace. Heaven has gained another wonderful angel and remember God only takes the very best. Yes time is short. Blessings always. Call if you need anything.
Virginia Henniges McBride on August 26, 2012 at 2:14 PM said:

Hi Ron & Sandy,

Mike and I would like to express our deepest sympathy to each of you on the passing of Irene. We always stayed in touch with them on Anniversaries and at Christmas.
Deb Schwartz Harkness on August 26, 2012 at 6:37 AM said:

My condolensces to the Jipson family. My parents, Eben & Darlene Schwartz, lived neighbors to Ralph & Irene on the farm. Dad always commented how he enjoyed his "neighborly" visits with Ralph & Irene. God Bless.
Pat & Susan Shannon. Fairbank, on August 26, 2012 at 5:26 AM said:

Ron and Sandy, thoughts and prayers are with you and family with the passing of your mother Irene.

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