Obituary – Irene Foulk

HARTINGTON — Irene L. Foulk, 96, Hartington, died Oct. 10, 2016, at the Golden Living Center, Hartington.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 4-6 p.m., with a vigil service at 5 p.m., at the Wintz Funeral Home, Hartington. Visitation will continue Thursday, at the church, one hour prior to services.

Irene Foulk

Mass of Christian Burial will be Oct. 13, at 10:30 a.m., at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Hartington, with the Rev. Owen Korte officiating.

Burial will be at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Hartington.

Irene Lena Foulk was born Nov. 25, 1919, in Hartington, to Herman August and Eva Elizabeth (Neuhalfen) Korff. Irene married Chalmer Foulk Jan. 17, 1939, in Hartington. She lived in Hartington all her life except from 1962-1982, when she and Chalmer lived in Denver, Colo. While in Colorado she worked at various cafés, Jolly Rancher Candies, Wallace Village home for Disabled Children, Samsonite Corp., and Scotts Liquid Gold Cafeteria Kitchen, where she retired from in 1981. Irene was a cook at the Cedar Café, Hartington, heading to work early in the morning to bake pies for the noon customers. After lunch, she was back in the kitchen rolling out pie crusts so the afternoon and evening customers could have pie. She then worked for the Hartington Telephone Company. Irene entered Golden Living Center in August 2010.

She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and loved to read. She also kept a day-by-day journal through the years, keeping track of the local news published in the Cedar County News and sending numerous birthday, anniversary and sympathy cards to people in the area. She and Chalmer loved to dance and play cards. Irene was a very kind and humble lady, always so appreciative of those who visited her in the nursing home.

Irene is survived by a sister, Beulah, and her husband George Ellestad, Pearl River, N.Y.; sister-in-law, Barbara Korff, Le Mars, Iowa; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Chalmer Foulk, March 27, 2014, at the age of 96; three brothers, Walter, Les and Raymond  Korff; and four sisters, Helen Bell, Edna Auch, Erma Korff and Joan Olsen.