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Irene Ethel (Flaharty) Tirevold 1929-2020


Posted By: Barry R Huntsinger (email)
Date: 11/22/2020 at 10:11:26

Irene Ethel Tirevold was born at home on June 21, 1929 to Paul and Ruth (Lown) Flaharty. Irene passed away Sunday, November 15, 2020 at Avera Holy Family Hospital in Estherville, Iowa at the age of 91.

Irene graduated from Lake Center, Iowa High School in 1947 and went to Estherville to a branch of Iowa State Teachers College. She taught in a rural school before her marriage to Melvin Tirevold on June 12th, 1949. She was baptized, confirmed, and married at the Terril, Iowa Methodist Church and is a member of the Estherville United Methodist Church where she was active in the bazaar, her circle, and the rug unit. She taught country school for 3 years, worked at Holy Family Hospital as a nurse aide for 16 ˝ years and for Drs. Ken Johnson, James Roberts, and Craig Baker for 34 ˝ years.

Her faith in God carried her through several bouts with cancer and back surgeries after which she was a patient at Good Samaritan for rehab. She loved her care and made many new friendships. She wanted to give back to Good Sam, so she volunteered to fold newsletters quarterly and gave devotions once a month.

She sewed bags for Doctors without Borders that went to Haiti, made numerous pillowcases for Forest Ridge, purse pillows for under the arm and seat belt, turbans, and sleep caps for Abben Cancer Center.

Irene loved crafting, sewing, playing cards, reading novels, and reading the Bible. Many people benefited by her prayer life. She was so happy to attend her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren’s school and church activities. Relay for Life laps were part of her vigil every June as a cancer survivor.

She is survived by twin daughters Mavis (Terry) King, Marlis Tribby; son Arlen (Kathy) Tirevold; grandchildren Chad (Sheila) King, Heidi (Matt) Dalen, JoAnna (Jeff) Jensen, Jenny (John) Christensen, Kyle (Brea) Tribby, Kelly (Brett) Strenge, Brad (Alysha) Tirevold, and Michelle (Eric) Cummins; great grandchildren Kristen (Kevin) King, Shayla King, Hunter (Katie) King, Sydnie King, Kallie and Kiera Dalen, Alex Jensen, Jess and Joie Christensen, Anastasia Tribby, Braeden and Julia Strenge, Stella Tirevold,; great-great-grandchildren Karson, Boone, and Jax Smith, Lyla King, Quinn and Pieper; She is also survived by her sisters Louise Reinken and Leatta Resene, brother Paul Flaharty, Jr., sister-in-law Phyllis Irish, and many nieces and nephews.

Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin, her parents, in-laws, grandson, Nicholas, son-in-law, Jim Tribby. Sisters Pauline Chamberlain, Dorothy Hansen, and Doris Garoutte. Several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law also preceded her in death.

Due to Covid, a private family service was held with interment at East Side Cemetery in Estherville.

(Source: Henry-Olson Funeral Home, Estherville, Iowa.)


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