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Irene M. (Pingel) Haerther


IRENE M. (PINGEL) HAERTHER Cedar Rapids Irene M. Haerther, passed away on Oct. 26, 2018, at the Meth-Wick Community. Funeral services will be Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church with a visitation at 9:30 a.m. The Rev. David Renfro will officiate. There also will be a visitation on Monday, Oct. 29, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home. Private burial will take place at Cedar Memorial Cemetery. Surviving are children, Sandra (Steve) Siepman of St. Louis, Mo., Diane (Charles) Haynor of St. Paul, Minn., Steve (Sue) Haerther of Chatsworth, Calif., and David Haerther of Cedar Rapids. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Katie (Scott) Siddens, Tom Siepman, Ben (Deborah), John (Amy), Nate Haynor, Cody (Katie) and Casey (Kristen) Haerther. There are six great-grandchildren, Isabelle Irene and Bennett Siddens, Charlie Haynor, Kane and Cash Haerther and Colton Haerther. Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Les, on March 24, 2010; her parents, John and Caroline Pingel; four sisters and one brother. Irene was born Jan. 17, 1924, in rural Keystone, attended country school and graduated from Keystone High School and from St. Luke's School of Nursing in 1945. She married Les Haerther on Sept. 26, 1945. While he was completing his naval duty in the Philippines, she worked at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, Calif. On return to Cedar Rapids she practiced nursing at the University of Iowa Hospital for three years, St. Luke's for 10 years, followed by 25 years as a volunteer at St. Luke's. She was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church and school since 1950. Activities she enjoyed were Camp Fire Girls, Boy Scouts, Audubon Society, Fourscore Club, Silver Sneakers, bridge and had a great passion for golfing which she did until she was 94. She was a loyal fan of Hawkeye Women's Basketball and held season tickets until 2017. She was grateful to be blessed with many memorable trips with family and friends, boating, camping, motor home traveling, visiting every U.S. state, nine Elderhostels, tours to England, Holland, Germany, Italy, and Israel, and in recent years enjoyed traveling with the Farmers State Bank Connect Club. Memorials may be direct to Trinity Lutheran Church or donor's choice. Online condolences maybe left at cedarmemorial.com.