|Irene A. Hochrein|
Nov. 5, 1918-Jan. 20, 2014
She was born Nov. 5, 1918 in Spring Lake, the daughter of Albert F. and Amanda Rieves Gelhar. She was a 1937 graduate of Berlin High School, attended Ripon College and graduated from Oshkosh Business College. On May 23, 1942, she was united in marriage to Francis “Hooky” Hochrein in Milwaukee. They celebrated 71 years of marriage. Francis passed away on July 3, 2013.
Irene worked in the office at A.F. Gelhar Company for many years. She was an active member of the community, serving on the Board of Directors for Berlin Memorial Hospital and Oakwood Cemetery. Volunteering was a big part of her life and she donated time to the Girl Scouts, Berlin Food Pantry, hospital, and Juliette Manor. She was a member of Friends in Council, Mascoutin Ladies Auxiliary, and enjoyed playing golf.
Irene was a lifelong member of Grace English Lutheran Church, serving in many capacities over the years, as a past member of the Church Council, Joy Circle, Sunday School teacher and organist for the Children’s Choirs. She was in the first confirmation class when the Grace congregation was formed.
She is survived by their children: Paul (Judy) Hochrein, Terri (Harlen) Rosin and Ann Hochrein; grandchildren: Clinton and Aaron Duhm, Sally Ann (Josh) Borland, Steven and Spencer Rosin; step-grandchildren: Amanda (Mark) Crystal, Jeremy (April) Oakes, and Heidi (Shawn) Oakes; great-grandchildren: Alexandria and Jagger; step-great-grandchildren: Alexis and Jeffrey John; her sister-in-law: Ruth Gelhar; nephew: Jim (Pat) Gelhar; and niece: Nancy (Pat) Dallas.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; an infant daughter; infant grandson; and her brother: Harvey Gelhar.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Jan. 24 at 11 a.m. at Grace English Lutheran Church, the Rev. Scott T. Piper officiating. Inurnment will be in Oakwood Cemetery. There will be a gathering of family and friends at the church on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the services.
Memorial donations may be given to the Berlin Food Pantry, or the Women of Grace Lutheran Church.