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Irene Torkelson, 95

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Irene Torkelson, 95, and longtime resident of River Falls, died Wednesday, June 10, at the Kinnic Long Term Care center.

Irene was born on Oct. 7, 1913, in Baldwin, to Eddie and Alice (Thompson) Torkelson.

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After her schooling, Irene did housekeeping for the VandeVredes of River Falls. She took to their family as if it was her own. She loved helping raise the kids and playing all sorts of games with them. Irene never married, but took great joy in helping others, as well as cooking, baking and canning.

Irene is survived by her sister-in-law, Marlys Torkelson of Baldwin; nieces and nephews: Sharon, Larry, James (Darlene), Gary (Joyce) Rodney, and Dennis (Kris); and children-in-heart: Jan, Darlene, Joy, Mary Ellen, Kathleen and Clarice.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Lloyd; and her nephew, Wayne.

A funeral services for Irene was held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 13, at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Baldwin.

Burial followed in the Peace Lutheran Cemetery in Baldwin.

Visitation was held one hour prior to the service at O'Connell's on Saturday morning.

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