February 21, 2014


Mary Ann Irlmeier, 79, died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at St. Anthony Nursing Home in Carroll.

Mass of the Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Templeton. The Rev. Steven Brodersen will be celebrant. Mass servers will be Reese Hansen and Andrew Irlbeck. Eucharistic ministers will be Raymond and Marian Irlbeck and Joea Kuemper. Gift bearers will be Kaitlyn Andersden, Kendra Croghan, Carley Irlmeier and Sky Irlmeier. Lectors will be Michelle Eischeid-Gabidullin, Kelsey Croghan and Frankie Croghan.

Casket bearers will be Chad Hoffman, Brian Meiners, Scott Eischeid, Garrett Hansen, Ben Irlmeier, Michael Strautman, Mitchell Irlmier, Sam Irlmeier, Jakob Croghan and Karsen Croghan. Honorary casket bearers will be Mary Ann's December Birthday Club Girls.

Music will be "Here I Am Lord," "Hail Mary, Gentle Woman," "Amazing Grace," "I Know That My Redeemer Lives" and "On Eagle's Wing" by Sacred Heart men's choir and organist Jeanne Kerkhoff.

Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Templeton.

Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at the church where there will be a Catholic Daughters of the Americas rosary at 4 p.m. followed by a parish vigil service.

Ohde Funeral Home in Manning is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Ann's family requests that memorial donations be made to the Sacred Heart Parish in Templeton.

Online condolences may be left at ohdefuneralhome.com.

Mary Ann Etta, daughter of Alphonse and Margaret (Underberg) Irlbeck, was born Dec. 12, 1934, near Templeton, Iowa. She was baptized, made her First Communion and was confirmed at St. Joseph Church in Dedham and attended Sacred Heart School in Templeton. Growing up with nine brothers, Mary Ann developed into a very independent and strong-willed woman.

Mary Ann married Frank "Boots" Irlmeier on Nov. 23, 1954, at Sacred Heart Church in Templeton. They farmed north of Templeton, raising livestock and row crops. In addition to being a dedicated farm wife and mother, Mary Ann enjoyed decorating homes for family and friends, gardening and crafts.

When her children were grown, she worked at Muellers in Manning and Fine Things in Carroll, as well as volunteering at New Hope thrift stores.

She was a faithful member of Sacred Heart Parish in Templeton, including the Ladies Guild and Catholic Daughters of the Americas (more than 50 years), and the American Legion Auxiliary. Mary Ann enjoyed bingo, casino slot machines, and trips to Branson, Mo., with her girlfriends. In 1984 she and her husband built a new home on the west edge of Templeton.

When Frank died in 1994, Mary Ann continued to reside in their home. Due to the progression of Alzheimer's symptoms, Mary Ann became a resident of SunnyBrook Assisted Living and later St. Anthony Nursing Home in Carroll.

Mary Ann is survived by 10 children: Carol Strautman (Jim) of Carroll; JoAnn Beane (David) of Audubon; Donna Eischeid (Loren) of Bedford; Debra Hansen (Kyle) of Templeton; Connie Hoffman (Dave) of Willey; Janice Andersen (Tim) of Audubon; Bruce Irlmeier (Anissa) of Templeton; Thomas "Fly" Irlmeier (Kim) of Gray; Linda Croghan (Luke) of Manning; and Brenda Croghan (Paul) of Malvern; daughter-in-law Jonelle Gaskill-Irlmeier of Audubon; 42 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; nine brothers: Bernard "Sonny" Irlbeck (Helen) of Templeton; Jerome Irlbeck of Manning; John Irlbeck (Barb) of Coon Rapids; Raymond Irlbeck (Marian) of Manning; Jim Irlbeck (Pat) of Manning; LeRoy Irlbeck (Elaine) of Manning; Tom Irlbeck (Dawn) of Aspinwall; Fred Irlbeck (Karen) of Aspinwall; and Eugene Irlbeck (Mary Jo) of Carroll; other relatives and friends.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents; husband Frank "Boots" Irlmeier; son Mark Irlmeier in 1998; infant son Kenneth; son-in-law Danny Meiners in 1999; infant sister Mary Helen; and special friend Glenn Bruun.