Irene Rosa Fintel, was one of six children born to Henry & Hannah (Collmann) Peters, on February 12, 1926 in rural Hardy, Nebraska. She passed away on December 28, 2020 at the age of 94 years, 10 months and 16 days. She was baptized on February 28, 1926, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, rural Byron, by Pastor C. W. Seybold and confirmed on May 5, 1940, at St. John Lutheran Church rural Byron, by Pastor L. C. Lentz. Irene attended School District 87 rural Deshler. She was united in marriage to Vernon L. Fintel on February 14, 1947, at St. John Lutheran Church, rural Byron. This union was blessed with three children: Warren, Charles and Vicki. They made their home on the farm between Byron and Deshler until 1991. They then moved into Deshler. Irene was a member of Peace Lutheran Church, Deshler where she was a Sunday School teacher, circle member and served on the Altar Guild. She was a volunteer at Parkview Haven Nursing Home in Deshler for many years where she fixed hair and mended clothes. She was a member of the Deshler Woman’s Club, American Legion Auxiliary, the TCHS hospital guild volunteering at Things and Stuff thrift shop. She always enjoyed helping Vernon with farming, irrigation, etc., loved baking, particularly at Christmas time, and especially enjoyed visits and spending time with family. Irene was preceded in death by husband Vernon; her parents, Henry and Hannah Peters; two brothers, Laurence and Louis Peters; three sisters, Leona (Peters) Marquart, Lillie (Peters) Kroeger, and Mabel (Peters) Abelbeck; infant grandson; 3 brothers-in-law; 2 sisters-in-law; plus 2 sisters-in-law and 3 brothers-in-law by marriage. She is survived by her children: Warren (Jeanette) Fintel of Deshler, Charles (Anne) Fintel of Omaha, and Vicki Fintel (Cary Culler) of Gretna; 4 grandchildren: Paul Fintel (Kimm), Hebron; Christina Ruhge (Dave), Deshler; Brittany Fintel, Houston TX; Allison Fintel (Jon Richmeier), Omaha; 7 great-grandchildren: Gabe and Zeke Fintel (Hebron); Cole (Deshler) and Kirsten Ruhge (Lincoln); Kayleigh and Peyton Kragskow and Ryleigh Richmeier (Omaha); sister-in-law Mildred Buntemeyer of Broken Bow, NE; and numerous nieces, nephews, friends and special caregivers at Meadowlark Heights Assisted Living and Thayer County Health Services.
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