Irene P. Boelens, 94, of Annawan, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, at Good Samaritan Village, in Geneseo. A funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Annawan. Fr. S. Stephen Englebrecht will officiate. Burial will be at St. Anthony’s Cemetery, in Atkinson. A visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18 at Vandemore Funeral Home, in Atkinson. Memorials may be directed to the Irene Boelens Memorial Fund.
Irene was born Nov. 23, 1924, the daughter of Lester and Bessie (Cosner) Yarger. She married Arthur F. Boelens on Sept.12, 1945, at Visitation Catholic Church, in Kewanee. Arthur preceded her in death on March 17, 2013. Irene graduated from Kewanee High School in 1942. She and Art farmed in rural Annawan for many years. They retired in 1983 and left the farm, moving into Annawan.
Irene was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Annawan, and was active in the Altar and Rosary Society. She loved to sew and garden.
Those left to remember her are her sons, John (Jacqueline) Boelens, of Sun Rise Beach, Mo.; and Don Boelens, of Philadelphia, Pa.; daughters, Linda DeClercq, of Green Bank, Wash.; and Deborah (Ronn) Tubbs, of Bradford; brother, Howard Yarger, of Mendota; sisters, Marion Bates of Galva; and Lois Munoz, of Kewanee. She has seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arthur; daughter, Caroline Boelens; grandson, Aaron Tubbs; great-granddaughter, Jordan O’Hara; sister, Jeanette Witte; and brother, Kenneth Yarger.