On the 15th of November 2017 heaven gained a beautiful angel, Irma H. Schoen of Clintonville who passed away peacefully in her sleep.
The former Irma Helen Rieland was born on October 4, 1920 in New Munich, MN, the 2nd oldest of 11 children to Paul and Margaret (Kampsen) Rieland. Early in her life Irma lived in Duluth, MN, working as an operating room assistant. During WWII Irma moved to Sturgeon Bay where she worked at Leathem D. Smith Shipbuilding as a Class “A” welder from 1940-1945 where she met her husband Russell Schoen. They were united in marriage in New Munich, MN, on October 21, 1944 and settled in Marion, WI, in the mid 1950’s. Irma and Russell owned and operated the Marion Dry Cleaners until retiring in 1976. Her husband preceded her in death on December 1, 1992.
Irma was a longtime active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Marion. She enjoyed playing cards with her family and friends, volunteering at Pine Manor nursing home, putting puzzles together, playing bingo, and journaling every day. Irma especially loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Survivors include six children, Judy (Bill) Mehlberg, Donna (Gary) Kohel, Kaye (Dick) Hintz, Roxy (Randy) Carley, Cindy Opichka, and Mark (Amy) Schoen. There are 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. There is also one sister Lue (Bruce) Trull, one brother Cel (Lois) Rieland, and one sister-in-law Lorraine Rieland. She is further survived by numerous nieces and nephews; many other relatives and friends. Irma is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Russell, 6 sisters, 2 brothers, a son-in-law BJ Opichka, and her good friends John and Margie Kohel.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Tuesday, November 21st at 11:00 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Marion. Fr. John Girotti will officiate and inurnment will follow in the parish cemetery. Friends may call on Tuesday from 10:00 AM until time of mass at the church. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Irma’s name.
A special thanks to all the staff at Greentree Health & Rehabilitation Center for the compassionate care given to Mom. Also we wish to thank Dr. Cynthia Egan, Dr. Yu-Chin Fang, Rita Braund, and ThedaCare at Home Hospice for all the loving care provided.
You were a fantastic Wife, Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother who will be greatly missed but never forgotten. “WE LOVE YOU MORE!”