Irene Lena Anna Niessink, 100, Luverne, died Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, at the Good Samaritan Society – Mary Jane Brown Home in Luverne.
A funeral service was Tuesday, Dec. 19, at the American Reformed Church in Luverne. Burial followed at Riverview Cemetery in Rock Rapids, Iowa.
Irene Serck was born to Henry and Kathryn [Haack] Serck on June 27, 1917, on the family farm between Inwood and Alvord, Iowa, where she was raised and attended country school. Following her education she remained living on the farm helping her family.
On March 25, 1936, Irene married Elmer Wilke in Alvord. They lived on a farm near Inwood, Iowa. Elmer died on May 18, 1950. In January of 1951, she and her children moved to Rock Rapids, Iowa, where she became employed at the J.C. Penney store from 1957 to 1964. On Sept. 5, 1964, she married Gerrit Niessink in Luverne. They lived in Luverne. Gerrit died on Nov. 18, 1990. Irene remained at their home in Luverne for several years before moving to The Oaks and Poplar Creek senior living facilities.
Irene was baptized in 1917 and confirmed in 1931 at the Lutheran church in Alvord. She was a member of the American Reformed Church in Luverne, where she served on Circle. Irene loved visiting with both her friends and family.
She is survived by three children, Darlene Schwarzkopf of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Dale (Lila) Wilke of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and Lyle Wilke of Prairie Village, Kansas; three stepchildren, Hymen (Mary) Niessink of Sioux City, Iowa, Ronald (Mary) Niessink of Luverne, and Marlene Aukes of Steen; seven grandchildren and nine stepgrandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and 22 step-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild and four step-great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Elmer Wilke and Gerrit Niessink; her parents; a son, Roger Wilke; a brother, Elmer Serck; a daughter-in-law, Ann Wilke; a sister-in-law, Gladys Serck; stepchildren-in-law Harley Aukes and Barb Niessink; and stepgrandson Ronald Marr.
Memorials are preferred to the American Reformed Church in Luverne.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.