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Irene Holtan

Published On: Aug 31 2013 06:08:50 PM CDT

STOUGHTON -- Irene Holtan died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in her 104th year.

She was born April 30, 1909 in Stoughton, the daughter of Theodore and Inga (Ellingsrud) Leslie. Irene was united in marriage to Reuben Holtan in 1927. Two sons were born to that union, Leslie and Vern.

Irene lived in her home for 86 years in rural Pleasant Springs. She was an active partner to her husband in operating their farm. Irene was proud to accept, at the Wisconsin State Fair, a certificate recognizing Holtan Family Farm ownership for 167 years.

Long interested in community activities, Irene was a lifelong member of Central Lutheran Church (now Covenant Lutheran). She served as President of the Lutheran Church Women and belonged to Dorcas Circle. For more than 30 years Irene was a volunteer at Stoughton Hospital, as well as serving as Chair of local Red Cross drives.

Two trips to Europe with family members were memorable. Especially remembered was a Mission Sunday service in Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway attended by an overflow congregation.

Irene enjoyed membership in the Minerva Club of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, her son’s fraternity.

Irene is survived by her son, Rev. Vern (Patricia) Holtan of Stoughton; grandchildren, John (Karen) Holtan of Appleton, David Holtan of Madison, Susan Holtan of Madison, Thomas (Sandi) Holtan of Cambridge, Michael (Jeannine) Holtan of Stoughton, Kim (Robert) Huberd of Stoughton, and Dale Holtan of Madison. She is further survived by her great-grandchildren, Thomas Holtan of Cambridge, and Josh, Zachary, Chelsea and Jordan Huberd of Stoughton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Reuben in 1981; son, Leslie in 2003; brother, Myron Leslie; and sister, Lorraine Howard.

Funeral services will be held at COVENANT LUTHERAN CHURCH, 1525 N. Van Buren St., Stoughton, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, with the Rev. Mark Petersen presiding.

Burial will be at Eastside Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorial gifts in joyful remembrance of Irene’s life may be made to Covenant Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.

Gunderson Stoughton
Funeral & Cremation Care
1358 Hwy. 51
(608) 873-4590

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