Irene L. Engelken, 86, of Earlville, passed away Monday, Jan. 25, at her home, surrounded by her family.

Visitation was held 8:30-10:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 28, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville.

A Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 28, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Earlville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Tony Nketiah officiated.

Irene was born April 6, 1934, in Farley, the daughter of Joseph and Marcella (Kelchen) Greenwood. She married Julius Engelken Nov. 8, 1956, in Farley. Together they farmed in Oneida, until retiring in 1992, when they moved to Earlville. Irene and Julius loved to polka dance and were members of the Delaware County Pork Producers and grilling team.

Irene enjoyed gardening, baking and spending time with her family and friends. She cherished her time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will also be greatly missed by her dog, Ginger.

Irene is survived by her four children: Steven ‘Oneida’ (Denise) of Oneida, Jolene (Mark) Kaufman of Dubuque, Dale (Lisa) of Des Moines, Leann (Ed) McIntyre of Delhi;

10 grandchildren: Stephanie Cooksley, Joshua and Gabrielle Engelken, Kelsey, Cassandra and Madison McIntyre, Brigette (Nick) Price, Patrick (Rachel) Duffy, Megan (Bailey) Sherlin and Trey (Emily) Beck; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Rita Heims of Coggon; in-laws: George (Sherry) Engelken of Atlanta, Ga., Linda Greenwood of Farley and Verna Greenwood of Cascade.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Julius in 2015; siblings: Mary (Elmer) Weber, Raymond Greenwood and Eldon Greenwood; in-laws: Cletus (Arlene) Engelken, Edwin (Aletha) Engelken, Elmer (Mary Lou) Engelken, Charlie (Alma) Brehm and Elmer Heims.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and Helping Hands for their wonderful care.

Information available at Cards may be sent to the family in care of Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW, Dyersville, IA 52040.