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Irene L. Fink
Irene L. Fink, 93, of Clinton, passed away peacefully at home Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, surrounded by her loving family.

Her funeral will begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at Elvira Zion Lutheran Church, with Rev. Jealaine Marple officiating. Burial will be in Clinton Lawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her grandchildren, Ross Landon, Cory Dann, Trent Westenfelt, Paul Judge, Tyler Judge, and Austin Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be her

grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.  Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Elvira Zion Lutheran Church, with a family prayer service at 7 p.m.

Irene LaVerne Jenner was born Oct. 25, 1924, in Ashley, North Dakota, the daughter of Gottlieb and Elsie Graff Jenner. She was baptized Nov. 7, 1924, and later confirmed June 18, 1938. She attended school in Ashley, North Dakota. Until she was almost 21 years old, she lived on the family farm, where as a young lady she loved riding horses.

Irene married Otto Fink on Nov. 22, 1945, in Ashley, after he was honorably discharged from the United States Army, and they moved to Clinton in 1956.  She was a processor at Nielsons before working as a cook at Clinton High School from 1970 until retiring in 1985.

Irene was a member of Elvira Zion Lutheran Church and its Martha circle. She had a strong faith in God, which she instilled upon her family. Irene loved to cook, and her culinary skills couldn't be beat by anyone. Her family was her life, attending school functions for her grandchildren and greatgrandchildren, and playing baseball or catch. 

She loved gardening and canning. She loved tending to her flowers, cherry, apple, and pear trees, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, lettuce, radishes, and beans. She loved sharing her produce with her family, friends, and neighbors. She enjoyed reading a good book, especially the Bible, and cooking magazines. In the afternoons, she enjoyed watching Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, and the news. She also loved watching baseball, NASCAR, American Ninja Warriors, and horse racing. The past few winters she loved wintering with her daughter in Florida and was known as "Mom" to the Sunshine Gang and many others. Most important, she loved spending time telling stories of her childhood days to her grandchildren, and all who asked. Her memory of family events and stories never ceased to amaze everyone.

Irene is survived by two daughters, Cynthia "Cindy" (Larry) Schultz of rural Sabula, and Marcella "Marci" (Terry) Westenfelt of Miles; six grandchildren, Denise (Paul) Judge, Ross (Robyn) Landon, Cory Dann, Kelly Rixen, Tanya Smith, and Trent Westenfelt; 12 great-grandchildren, Austin (Sabri) and Jacob Smith, Tyler (Darian) and Treyger Judge, Megan Hoffman, Madalyn Rixen, Samantha and Wyatt Dann, Olivia, Alexia, and Alayna Landon, and

Alex Westenfelt; three stepgrandchildren, Vicki (Mark) Olson, Brian Schultz, and Carri (Kevin) Davis; six stepgreat-grandchildren, Chris (Dana) Schultz, Timothy Schultz, Lauren Thornton, Samuel (Jade) Snyder, Casey (Daniel) Hebeler, and Matthew Davis; a great-great-grandson, Daxten Smith; five stepgreat-great-grandchildren, Hayden Schultz, Autumn and Cameron Snyder, Kaylynn Couppee, and Carson Thornton; a Godson, who shared the same birthday, Ian Billington; a Goddaughter, Lucinda (Jeff) Malm; a brother, Milton (Audrey) Jenner of Omaha, Nebraska; and many nieces and nephews.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband of 66 years; an infant daughter; a son, Lyle; and a sister, Leona (Emanuel) Schmitt.

Memorials may be made to Elvira Zion Lutheran Church.

Snell-Zornig Funeral Homes & Crematory in Clinton is honored to serve the Fink family.

Online condolences may be expressed by visiting her obituary at

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