Irene A. Smazal, age 74, of Unity, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, May 6, 2017, in International Falls, Minn.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford. Family and friends are welcome from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Irene was born Nov. 8, 1942, the daughter of William and Edna (Scheelk) Haas in the Town of Hull. She was united in marriage to Donald Harder on Nov. 8, 1958. They later divorced. Irene was united in marriage to Eugene “Jack” Smazal on Jan. 28, 1976, in Waukegan, Ill. Jack preceded her in death on April 2, 2016. Irene worked at Welcome Dairy, farmed and at Angelus Retirement Community in Marshfield. After she retired, she enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren.
Irene liked polka music, stock car racing and taking care of her flower garden. Most of all, she cherished her family.
Irene is lovingly survived by her six children, Cindy (Carey) Gosselin of Fort Francis, Ontario, Canada, David (GiGie) Harder of International Falls, Minn., Michael (Jill) Harder of New York Mills, Minn., Wendy (Jim) Blake of Lewiston, Idaho, Brian Harder of Colby and Gene (Gwen) Smazal of Unity; two step-daughters, Kelly (Mike) Svoboda of Marshfield and Betty Smazal of Marshfield; 23 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She is further survived by three sisters and a brother, Doris (Bruce) Wussow of Colby, Ella Huckbody of Wausau, Elaine Schultz of Colby and George (Maxine) Haas of Colby; two sisters-in-law, Izzy Haas of Marshfield and Marian Haas of Colby; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jack; three brothers, Art Haas, William Haas, Jr. and Jim Haas; three sisters, Rose Skwarski, Helen Damrow and Myrtle Baumgartner.
Family and friends may express condolences online at www.maurinaschilling.com.