Irene Pieper of Isanti died July 16, 2012 at Signe and Olivia’s Assisted Living in rural Ogilvie. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, July 19th at Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel. A time for visiting will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Cambridge Union Cemetery.
Irene Rose Pieper was born April 20, 1945 in Cambridge, Minnesota to Alex and Bebeanna (Marynik) Krzyzanowski. She was raised and attended school in the Cambridge area. On September 14, 1963 Irene married David Pieper at Christ the King Catholic Church in Cambridge. They made their home in Isanti where they raised five children. Irene was a compassionate and enduring person who was always there for her children, other relatives and friends. She enjoyed dancing, playing cards, fishing, playing bingo, working on puzzles, listening to music and gardening. Irene especially enjoyed NASCAR. She was joyful, had a kind heart and she will be dearly missed.
Irene will be lovingly remembered by her five children, Shelly (Rosie) Pieper of North Branch, Rhonda (Harry) Horner of Finlayson, Rodney Pieper of Braham, Cindy (Todd) Voss of Brook Park, and Todd (Maria) Pieper of Mora; one brother, Louis Krzyzanowski of Isanti; two sisters, Frances Callin of Isanti, and Helen Erickson of Albuquerque, New Mexico; 10 grandchildren, Lydia, Joseph, Nichole, Rebecca, Dianne, Christopher, Greggory, Kyle, Kyle A., and Emily; 8 great-grandchildren, Mathiew, Aurora, Quinton, Alexzander, Jeremiah, Benjamin, Sadie and Able; and by other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alex and Bebeanna, and by her husband, David.
Nancy Schibilla says
My heart goes out to the entire family. So very sorry for the loss of your mother. I know she was very special to you all. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
Mary Beth Pieper says
Words cannot even begin to express how sad I am to learn of Irene’s passing.
To this day, I smile and think of Irene every time I hear a Charlie Pride and/or Conway Twitty song. When Cindy and I were teeny little girls, I remember the songs playing on Irene’s car radio as she drove. I don’t remember a thing about where we were going, or why I was there… but I’ll always remember the songs that were playing. Well, that and the fact that I once got scared because I wasn’t sure if Irene was still driving – I couldn’t see the top of her head from the back seat. Yep, it still makes me smile just thinking about it.
Irene may have been tiny, but she was a strong, hardworking, and fun-loving lady! She had a wonderful laugh and a beautiful heart.
My prayers go out to Irene’s entire circle of family and friends. I pray you find comfort and strength in the coming days and peace in her loving memory.
Steve Erickson says
I am thinking of you all during this sad time. Please know that my prayers are with you.
LaVonne Smith says
What a beautiful human dearest Irene! Missing you
Alexandria Krzyzanowski says
I love you Aunty
Laura Smith says
Shelly, Rhonda, Rod, Cindy, Todd and Families,
When I think of your Mom I see her smile and sparkly eyes. She is very special. She went through the good times and not so good times in life with grace and strength. She wasn’t afraid of working too hard, and she always stood by and supported her family. She had a great sense of humor too. I can hear her laugh and it really makes me smile. Hans Christian Andersen said: “A human life is a story told by God.” God told an awesome story through your Mom and her life! She will be missed. Please know that that my thoughts and prayers are with you. Love ya!
Teresa Doble says
I just heard of Irene’s passing.
WE were such good friends in school, elem,Jr hight and senior high.
I loved going to her home, and I loved saying her last name and spelling it.:)
We had so much fun. It just saddens me that we did not stay in touch.
Blessing to all of you. She will truly be missed by many.
God will heal your hurts of her passing, it takes lots of time and patience. Just tell Jesus “I miss her” and He will be right by you.
Blessings and prayers