Merchlewitz, Irene C.
Our mom, Irene C. Merchlewitz, 93, went to meet her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at Watkin’s Manor.
She was born in Winona, to John and Lena Peterson, on August 22, 1920. She married Leonard J. Merchlewitz in Winona, and they celebrated 55 years of marriage together. Len died in 1998.
Irene was preceded in death by her parents, husband, six sisters, and one brother. She is survived by four daughters, Judy (Richard) Hohensee, Minnesota City, Minn., Diane O’Donnell, Houston, Texas, Mary Rolbiecki, Midland, Mich., and Patsy (Daryl) Skiba, Minneapolis, Minn.; and two sons, Leonard M. (Bonnie), Winona, Minn, and Lance, Winona, Minn. She leaves behind ten grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; as well as many friends, family and card players.
Irene had a passion for playing cards, and she was good at it. In fact, she wasn’t called, “The Shark” for nothing. She literally “beat the pants off of us” all the time.
She loved golf and playing bridge at Westfield Club; 500, Schafkopf, and 15 at the Senior Friendship Center, as well as Valley View Towers and the VFW. We had endless games of Quiddler and Scrabble at Winhaven with friends and family. For the past seven months, she has resided at Watkin’s Manor and found friends there to play 500.
Len and Irene lived at Bass Camp for 24 years and attended St. Paul’s Catholic Church. She spent many hours sewing and quilting at church with her daughter, Judy, and other quilters. Recently, she was a member of the Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka and Harvest House.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, January 20, 2014, at the Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka. The Reverend Monsignor Thomas J. Hargesheimer will officiate.
Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery at a later date.
The Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, January 20, 2014, at the Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka, with visitation being held following the Rosary until the time of the Mass.
Her children are honored to have had this special woman for our mother. May she rest in the peace of Christ. The family appreciates the loving care and support that was provided from the staff at Watkin’s Manor.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Hermits of St. Mary of Carmel, 33055 Stinson Road, Houston, Minn., 55943.
Online condolences or memories may be left for Irene’s family at www.watkowski-mulyck.com
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