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

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, November 16, 2017, at the Elvria Zion Lutheran Church with Rev. Jealaine Marple officiating. Burial will be in the Clinton Lawn Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be her grandchildren: Ross Landon, Cory Dann, Trent Westenfelt, Paul Judge, Tyler Judge, and Austin Smith. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Visitation will be Wednesday from 3:00pm to 7:00 p.m. at the Elvira Zion Lutheran Church with a family prayer service at 7:00 p.m.

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

Irene married Otto Fink after he was honorably discharged from the United States Army on November 22, 1945, in Ashley, North Dakota, and they moved to Clinton in 1956. She was employed as a processor at Nielson's 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 it's 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 great grandchildren, 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 and 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 importantly 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, Iowa; Marcella "Marci" (Terry) Westenfelt of Miles, Iowa; 6 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 & Wyatt Dann, Olivia, Alexia, and Alayna Landon, and Alex Westenfelt; 3 stepgrandchildren: Vicki (Mark) Olson, Brian Schultz, and Carri (Kevin) Davis; 6 step great-grandchildren: Chris (Dana) Schultz, Timothy Schultz, Lauren Thornton, Samuel (Jade) Snyder, Casey (Daniel) Hebeler, and Matthew Davis; one great-great grandson: Daxten Smith; 5 step great-great-grandchildren: Hayden Schultz, Autumn & Cameron Snyder, Kaylynn Couppee, and Carson Thornton; a Godson who shared the same birthday: Ian Billington, A Goddaughter Lucinda (Jeff) Malm; her 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, her son: Lyle, and a sister: Leona (Emanuel) Schmitt.

Memorials can be made to Elvira Zion Lutheran Church.

Snell-Zornig Funeral Homes & Crematory - Clinton is honored to serve the Fink family; online condolences may be expressed by visiting her obituary at www.snellzornig.com.
Published on November 13, 2017
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