The Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Irene Sowada, age 66, was  Nov. 14 at the Holy Cross Catholic Church in North Prairie. 

Irene passed away Nov. 10, 2020, at her home in Bowlus. 

Irene was born Dec. 6, 1953, in St. Cloud, the daughter of Leo and Marcella (Blonigen) Gondringer. She graduated from Albany High School and was a dedicated worker at FingerHut for 43 1/2 years until her retirement in September 2019. She was united in marriage to Norris Sowada July 19, 1980, in Avon. They shared 34 years of faith and devotion before Norris’ passing in 2014.

Irene will remain in the hearts of her children, Amanda (Tim) Gunther, Sarah Sowada, Adam (Katy) Sowada; grandchildren Landen and Hudsen Gunther, as well as Maddyson Sowada and James Kraemer; siblings Jim (Joan) Gondringer, Theresa Hollermann, Ken (Linda) Gondringer, LeRoy (Marion) Gondringer, Richard (friend, Denise) Gondringer, JoAnn (Dennis) Gerads, Linda (Dave Schreifels) Gondringer and Susie Gondringer; as well as many nieces, nephews, other extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Norris Sowada; parents Leo and Marcella Gondringer; and brother-in-law Don Hollermann.