Irene Midtgard, 91

Irene C. Midtgard, 91, of Montpelier, went to her eternal home in heaven Wednesday July 9, 2014 at Parkview Regional Center in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.  She was born on January 31, 1923 in Hamtramck, Michigan to the late John F. and Victoria (Postek) Mielnicki.  Irene graduated from Pershing High School in Detroit, Michigan, then went on to receive her cosmetology degree.

Irene was very active at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Montpelier, where she was a member.  She was the president for the Rosary Alter Society for five years.  She was a prior member of the Montpelier Women of the Moose chapter 270, as well as involved in numerous other committees around Williams County.

Irene was employed at Hillside Country Living in the housekeeping and the laundry departments for 20 years, retiring in 1997.

Irene was a marvelous cook and people would often come from all around Northwest Ohio to experience her food.  She was very involved with the Montpelier Senior Center, making apple dumplings for the Williams County Fair and preparing food for the yearly sportsman dinner.

Irene is survived by two sons, Bill (Gail) Midtgard of Reno, Nevada, and David (Jane) Hager of Norfolk, VA; a son-in-law John Richard of Edgerton; two grandchildren Mark Midtgard of Montpelier and Eddie (Laura) Richard of Ft. Wayne, Indiana; a sister Virginia Karalis of Montpelier; a brother Fred (Camille) Janeczko of Sterling Heights, Michigan and numerous nieces, nephews as well as great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband William Midtgard on March 12, 1972, daughter Karen Richard and brother-in-law Albert Karalis.

Visitation hours for Irene will be on Friday, July 11 from 5-8 pm at the Thompson Funeral Home on Main Street in Montpelier.  A scripture service will be held Friday evening at 7:30 pm at the funeral home.  A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday at 10 am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Montpelier with Father Fred Duschl to officiate.  Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Montpelier.  Donations may be made in Irene’s memory to the Rosary Altar Society at Sacred Heart or the Rose Garden at Sacred Heart.

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