- 87 years old
- Date of birth: Dec 16, 1927
- Date of passing: Dec 13, 2015
|Let the memory of Irene be with us forever|
Irene Mae Libbe was born on December 16, 1927 to August and Anna (Stark) Libbe in Beemer. She grew up in West Point attending St. Paul Lutheran School and graduating from West Point Public High School. After graduation, Irene was employed at the Gambles store. On June 27, 1948, Irene married Robert “Vernon” Rozendal at St. Paul Lutheran Church. She worked alongside her husband as a bookkeeper for Elkhorn Farm Products and Terra Fertilizer for many years and retired in 1992. She moved to Lincoln in 2011.
Irene was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Women’s Ministry League. She was an avid bowler for 50 years. She loved to play cards, especially bridge and pitch and could be found traveling on bus tours. Irene passionately followed local baseball and football teams and was lucky to win many football contests.
Survivors include daughters Donna (Mike) LaVelle of Anchorage, AK, Beth Rozendal and Evelyn (Bill) Sterup both of Lincoln; son Jeffrey (Mary Young) Rozendal of Nebraska City; daughter-in-law Florence Rozendal of Grand Island; grandchildren Alex Sterup, Mark Rozendal, Ryan Rozendal, and Cindy Myers; six great-grandchildren; and sister Viola Wagner of West Point.
Irene is preceded in death by her parents; husband R. Vernon in 1996; son Harley in 2004; brother Leland Libbe; and sister Ruth Raabe.
"I work at Country House during the night shift. I liked taking care of Irene. She was spunky that's what I liked about her.. Plus she and I and my grandmother shared the same name Irene. I was glad to get to sing. Good night Irene to her on her last moment here.
Goodnight Irene Good night Irene."
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