Irene H. Schultz, age 100, of Melrose, passed away peacefully Nov.  8, 2020, at the CentraCare Care Center in Melrose,. 

A private funeral service was Nov. 13 at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose with the Rev.  Joe DiVietro officiating.  Interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery in Melrose.

Irene Helen Kliewer was born May 2, 1920, in Mountain Lake, to John and Helen (Ewert) Kliewer. On Oct.  28, 1945, she married John Schultz in Mountain Lake. In her younger years, Irene worked as a telephone operator. She worked as a teller for the Mountain Lake Bank until 1971. The family moved to Delano and Irene worked for Lundsten Lumber Yard until her retirement. In 1999, Irene and John moved to Melrose to be closer to family.

Irene was a former member of Bethel Mennonite Church in Mountain Lake and attended Faith Baptist Church in Sauk Centre.  In retirement, Irene and John started a stained glass company which they enjoyed doing together. Irene was a good seamstress and knitted various items that she donated to the World Vision Organization. She enjoyed baking, reading, and watching the Minnesota Twins, Timberwolves, Lynx, and Vikings.

Survivors include her children, Marianna (Stephen) Marenfeld of Tucson, Arizona, Elizabeth (Larry) Wehrli of Pearce, Arizona, and Ruth (Karl) Lemm of Melrose; four grandchildren Jonathan (Jodi) Marenfeld, Peter (Michelle) Marenfeld, David Lemm, and Anna (Chad) Pikus; great-grandchildren Ava Marenfeld and Nate Marenfeld; and sister-in-law Michele Kliewer of Secaucus, New Jersey.

Irene was preceded in death by her husband, John Schultz on March 7, 2010; parents;  brother Warren Kliewer; and sister Elmira Esau.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral and Cremation Services of Melrose. 

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