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Irene Hartman Schmalz

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Irene Hartman Schmalz

A funeral Mass for Irene Hartman Schmalz, formerly of Killdeer, North Dakota, will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 9, 2014 at St. Josephs Catholic Church, Killdeer with Father Darnis Selvanayakam celebrating. Burial will follow in Killdeer Cemetery.

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Visitation for Irene will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, August 8, 2014 at Stevenson Funeral Home, Killdeer with a rosary and vigil service being held at 6:00 p.m.

Irene passed away August 5, 2014 at the Benedictine Living Center of Garrison after a long battle with Alzheimers.

Irene was born on February 4th, 1929 to John and Caroline (Wock) Hartman. She grew up and attended country school in Dunn County. As a young girl, she worked with her parents on the farm. On October 14, 1947, Irene and Christ Schmalz were united in marriage at St. Edwards Church of Fayette. To this union nine children were born: Don, Carol, David, Joe, Annette, Jim, Chris, Ali and Doug. Together, the family made their home on Christs parents homestead. Christ passed away October 6th, 1978.

Irene loved music and played the accordion and piano by ear, and to everyones enjoyment. She always played a song if someone would request her talent at events such as picnics, and for the enjoyment of nursing home residents. With her music came dancing and she fully enjoyed a Saturday night out dancing to the polka and waltzs played by a home town band. She was a member of St. Edwards and St. Josephs Catholic Church, sang in the church choir and helped at church functions. She especially loved and enjoyed her children and grandchildren. She cherished her time in the Tolley area and became close friends with many people.

Irene is survived by her 9 children, Don (Patty) of Cody, WY, Carol (Alvin) Rebsom of Shepherd, MT, David (Barbara) of Ballantine, MT, Joe (Kate) of Shepherd, MT, Annette Grohs of Lino Lakes, MN, Jim (Angie) of Shelley, ID, Chris (Linda) of Ft. Worth, TX, Ali (Kent) Bahl of Sherwood, ND, and Doug (Brenda) of Minnetrista, MN; 25 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; brothers, Paul (Wanda) Hartman of Billings, MT, and Roy Hartman of Richardton; sisters, Francis Keelan of Denver, CO, and Florence Schmidt of Dickinson; and brother-in-law, Mel Kowis of Denver, CO. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, brothers, Leo and Jerry Hartman; and sister, Caroline Kowis.

Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.stevensonfuneralhome.com.

Stevenson Funeral Home Killdeer

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