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Irene A. Spees Print E-mail

Sept. 28, 1923-Feb. 2, 2014

Irene A. Spees passed away February 2, 2014, at age 90. She was born Sept. 28, 1923, on the Bushweiler family farm near Wautoma.

Irene married Clifford Spees Sept. 28, 1941. Together they raised their two sons, Larry and Dale, on the Spees family farm. Irene and Clifford were honored when Spees Farms was designated as a Wisconsin Century Farm. After her sons were grown, Irene became a Certified Nursing Assistant and worked at Wild Rose Hospital and the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King.

Irene enjoyed spending time with her family, square dancing, golfing, gardening, painting, knitting and fabric arts. Irene founded the Great Grannies Golf League at Waushara Country Club and was an active member of the Christian Women’s Club and Grace United Methodist Church. She loved to travel, visiting Germany and every one of the lower 48 states. Irene and her husband became snowbirds in retirement and spent many happy winters together in the southwest.

Irene was preceded in death by her father Arley Bushweiler, mother Florence (Kapp) Bushweiler, husband Clifford Spees, brother Maynard Bushweiler, brother-in-law Clifford Turner, and sisters-in-law Audrey Bushweiler and Florence Bushweiler.

She is survived by her sons: Larry (Elizabeth) Spees, Wautoma, and Dale (Dixie) Spees, Westfield; sisters: Lois Turner and Eleanor (Jack) Wisner; brother: Howard Bushweiler; grandchildren: Lori (Michael) Tompkins, Aaron (Tonia) Spees, Jason (Britney) Spees, Jennifer Spees and Adam Spees; great-grandchildren: Seth (Rachel) Tompkins, Olivia Tompkins and Chloe Tompkins; and great-great-grandson: Gabriel Tompkins. Irene was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She will be greatly missed.

Irene’s life will be celebrated with an 11 a.m. service Wed., Feb. 5, at Grace United Methodist Church, N2133 Southgate Terrace, Wautoma, with Rev. Domnik Israel officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Fish Lake Cemetery, Hancock in the spring. A Memorial has been established for Grace United Methodist Church, Wautoma. The Leikness Funeral Home of Wautoma assisted the family with arrangements.

The family wishes to thank Wild Rose Hospital, Agnesian Hospice Care, and especially the caring and loving staff at Rosemore Village in Wild Rose.


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