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IRENE KATHRYN JEDLICKA
Irene Kathryn Jedlicka, 89, of Solon, passed away Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at Solon Retirement Village surrounded by her loving family. A funeral Mass will take place 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 16, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Solon. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Solon. Friends may visit with the family from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at the church. Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Solon is caring for Irene and her family.
Irene was born Nov. 19, 1932, in Iowa City, the daughter of John S. and Loretta (Maher) Leonard. She attended a one-room country school near her home in rural Iowa City until the eighth grade. She graduated from St. Patrick's Catholic High School in Iowa City, where she was the senior year homecoming queen. Following, she attended Mercy Hospital School of Nursing earning a degree in nursing. Irene was united in marriage to Donald Jedlicka on Sept. 30, 1953, in Iowa City at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Together they raised eight children, while farming in and around Solon. She loved spending time with her family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, making each one feel special. She was an avid walker, taking daily trips around town and in nature. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, baking, and was proud of her Irish heritage.
Irene is survived by her children, Mary (Jim) Humston, Kathy (Gary) Jindra, Bill (Jackie) Jedlicka, Larry (Connie) Jedlicka, Karen (Jim Simon) Jedlicka, Mark (Mary Ann) Jedlicka, Julie (Gary) Kramer and Amy (Kerry) Sherlock; 24 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; her brother, John Leonard; as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald, who died Sept. 29, 2019, and her brother, Vincent Leonard.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at the Solon Retirement Village and St. Croix Hospice for their loving care of Irene.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.broshchapel.com.