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Irene Menke

     Irene Menke, 93, formerly of Neche and Cavalier, ND passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at Valley Senior Living, Grand Forks, ND. Funeral service will be held Friday, March 6, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the United Lutheran Church, Cavalier, ND. Visitation at the church for one hour before the time of services.

     Irene was born May 29, 1926 at Altona, Manitoba to Peter and Helena (Brown) Friesen.

     On February 20, 1944, she married Christopher A. Menke at Neche, ND. She worked as a waitress for 40 years at various area cafes. Irene enjoyed her flower gardens, baking, crafts, and volunteering at the Thrift Store in Cavalier.

     She is survived by her sons: DuWayne (Carol) Menke, Hudson, WI, Larry Menke, Chicago, IL, Donald (Kathy)  Menke, Bottineau, ND; daughter-in-law ,Gwen Menke, Fargo, ND; nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild;  brother, Emery Friesen.

     Irene was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Chris; son, James; and brothers, Arnold and Raymond.



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Irene what a wonderful lady! I worked with her for a few years in the 70s. I remember her telling me once that the best feature a woman had was her hair and she definitely kept her hair beautiful!! Not only was she a beautiful woman but she was the most kind hearted person I have ever known. Irene only had nice things to say about others. I remember Irene visiting me in the hospital when I lost a child that I was carrying in the 70s; that forever touched my heart! May you rest in peace Irene and may we meet again.

Sandra Field Mar 18 2021 12:00 AM

DuWayne, Larry and Don,
Losing one's mother is difficult. Irene was a hard worker and a great lady. I know she was a wonderful mother to all of you. I hope you can take some comfort in knowing you were so lucky to have her in your lives for so many years. Our very best to all of you.

Ralph and Becky Mar 7 2020 12:00 AM

Spunky, Lovely lady!! I am deeply sorry for your loss.

Valorie Letkeman Mar 6 2020 12:00 AM

Such a sweet lady & she was very caring about every one she talked to.

Judy Johnson Mar 5 2020 12:00 AM

Irene's Family, Irene was a lady who could run circles around anyone 40 years younger if not more. She loved to work, she loved to visit and she loved to be around people. May you all have memories/stories to share that help ease the pain of this loss. I still have a rose that she made out of plastic spoons-such a creative lady. Our deepest sympathy to all of you, Don & Michelle Murray

Michelle Murray Mar 5 2020 12:00 AM

Irene was a wonderful woman! She was so funny with a warm smile and a friendly wave every time I saw her. I work at Valley Senior living in the dietary department. She was always so thrilled when we came through and cleared her table after meal time. She loved a clean and clear table space. She was so much fun to visit with. She was special to say the least and shell be greatly missed!

Lane Leech Mar 5 2020 12:00 AM

She was the best grandma a girl could ask for. We loved our special day we shared every year, as we both were born on the May 29th. We would joke, that I was the best birthday present ever. I will miss her so so much.

Tanya Menke Mar 4 2020 12:00 AM

Oh how I enjoyed Irene, she was always the sweetest lady and was always such dear heart. I always enjoyed seeing her. I am sorry for your loss.

Wendy Carter-Adams Mar 4 2020 12:00 AM

Sympathy to Irene's Family --Worked with her many years ago with her--She was always so nice to everyone.

Geri Thomas Mar 4 2020 12:00 AM