Irene Rose Imig
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Irene Rose Imig, age 92, of Yankton South Dakota, ended her wonderful life on earth on Monday, August 13, 2012. She remained in her home until her death.

A celebration of her life will be held at 2:00 PM, on September 28, 2012, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton, South Dakota with Reverend David Wildermuth officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the memorial service at church.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Irene's grandchildren: Tim Cody, Andy Cody, Nick Cody, Ellie Snell, Chris Tapken, Natalie Tapken, Kato Buss, Josh Buss, and Whitney Buss; and Irene's great grandchildren: Carissa, Kai, Will, Jonathan, Teddy, Tate, Olivia, and Simon.

Irene Rose Imig was born October 2, 1919, to Albert and Mabel (Gullickson) Guthmiller in Yankton County. She grew up on the family farm in Menno, South Dakota and later attended Freeman Junior College. She worked at the Star Hotel in Menno, where she met her lifelong love and future husband, Myron "Mike" Imig. She married Mike on April 30, 1939, in Menno, South Dakota. Irene and Mike proudly celebrated their 50th Anniversary in Yankton in 1989 and were married 54 years. After their marriage they moved to Louisville, Kentucky, while Mike served during World War II. After the war, they moved back to Yankton where Mike started Mike's Music in Yankton. Irene devoted her life to her family, raising five daughters. Actively involved in their lives, she was always available for sage advice and quiet wisdom. She encouraged each of them to be unique, independent individuals.

Irene was very proud of her membership in the Salem Lutheran Church of Freeman, where she was baptized and confirmed. She was a long time member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton, where she was very active, including singing in the Ladies Choir. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 65 years, a member of the VFW Auxiliary, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for 50 years and also a member of various bridge groups in Yankton. Irene loved playing bridge and the companionship of her bridge partners. Irene was an avid golfer, bowler and was a remarkable cook. She loved baseball and loved to travel, including trips to several World Series, but her most memorable trip was to Jerusalem in 1993. Her greatest joy was being surrounded by family. She loved her family and was treasured by her grandchildren and great grandchildren and delighted in their accomplishments.

The last few years Irene lived in her apartment on the golf course. She loved watching the golfers go by and during the holidays treasured her Christmas display. Her days were joyful and filled with visits, phone calls, baseball games, and political commentary. She looked forward to her weekly visit from her senior companion, Betty and their competitive fun with Let's Make A Deal. Irene was very proud of being Dr. Neumayr's patient for many years and appreciated his making her feel special.

She will be greatly missed by her 5 daughters: Dona Knapp of Yankton; Michelle "Mickey" Tapken of Washington D.C.; Mary Dell (Michael) Cody of Yankton; Patti Pujol of New Orleans, Louisiana; and Mitzi Fiedler of Key West, Florida; 9 grandchildren: Ellie (Bill) Snell, Tim (Tricia) Cody, Kato (Mary Gen) Buss, Chris (Kelly) Tapken, Nick Cody, Josh (Sandra) Buss, Whitney Buss, Andy (Kathryn) Cody, and Natalie Tapken; 8 great grandchildren: Carissa, Kai, Will, Jonathan, Teddy, Tate, Olivia, and Simon; 2 brothers: Mervin (Betty) Guthmiller of Menno, South Dakota and Emmett Guthmiller of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and 2 sisters: Lorraine (Elmer) Baltzer of Scotland and Marjorie Sorensen of Brookings, South Dakota. She will also be missed by many special friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 3 sons-in-law: Eddie Pujol, Phil Knapp, and Terry Fiedler; and also by 1 brother: Luvern Guthmiller.

The family would like to thank all of Irene's special caregivers: Sandy, Ashley, Lauren, Melodee, Barb, Rachel, Julie, Mary, and Diane, who allowed Irene the opportunity to stay in her home until her death. Irene was very proud when she attained the age of 90. Each year, as her birthday approached she looked forward to celebrating. Most recently she was often heard saying with pride, "You know I am 92!" Now, on October 2nd, her 93rd birthday, we will celebrate a life truly devoted to others, as she celebrates with our dad. Mom, we adore you and you will always be in our hearts.

Memorials may be directed to the Irene Imig Memorial Fund at Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton.

Messages will be reviewed and posted within 1 business day.

Dear Family of Irene, What a beautiful and wonderful woman Irene was. We will always remember her kindness to us through the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Rob and Mary Marchand

I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you.

Marty Heindel Cuzan

Dear Donna, Mickey, Mary Dell, Patty and Mitzi: I was so sorry to hear of your Mom's death. She was a wonderful woman and like my second mother all through high school. I always enjoyed seeing her whenever I was back in town...usually caught her playing bridge! Just know that she will always be in my heart and my prayers. Love to all of you!

Nancy Schoenhard

I loved your mom! She was always kind and FUN! She had such an Ernest smile, always glad to see me, and hugs abound! What a terrific person! You girls are a wonderful example of her love and caring way! May God give you peace in this time and always.

Ava tucker

Mitzie - Our deepest sympathy - Take Care and Love, Craig and Lois Padgett

My sincere sympathy to you Donna and to all your family. Irene was truly blest to be surrounded by the love you and your sisters showered upon her. May you find comfort in the good memories you have of tgmes shared with your mother. The difficult time for her is now over; please know my thoughts and prayers are with you for a spirit of comfort and peace.

Mary Hochstein

Our prayers are with all of you. Hope you are comforted by lots of loving memories.

Janet Robinson

heartfelt sympathy to all the family from the key west cowgirls

marilyn "chicken" moyer

Dear Mitzi, Patti and Family,

So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother - she was a wonderful woman. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Joe Nadenicek, Jr. - Pierre, South Dakota

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. My mother-Marie Wagner always enjoyed the company of Chris and Kelly's other grandma from SD. My your wonderful memories live forever in your hearts. Bruce & gwen Kardell (family of Kelly Tapken) Spencer, IA

Patti and family,

My sympathy to you and your loved ones. Your mom was a wonderful, caring lady and you are all a tribute to her. My prayers are with you.

Lynette (Kaiser) Simonsen

The most significant life is one that selflessly servers others. That pretty much defines my Grandma Irenes' life. Irene Imig had a positive impact on so many, including me and my family. And without question, she left a huge imprint with her life with four letters called LOVE!

Chris Tapken (grandson)

Mickey, Ellie, Chris and Natalie (and all the other Imig daughters and families) -

I'm sorry to hear of your mom/grandmother's passing. You were lucky to have such a wonderful woman in your lives for so long and I know you have many great memories.

Jodi (Winter) Tjeerdsma

I am so sorry to hear of Irene's passing. She lived life well and it was such a joy and privilege to visit with her when I was her Senior Companion. I knew she was a wonderful person because of the way all of you daughters were so devoted to her.

pat hagen

Donna and Family

I am sorry for you loss and i will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Ashley Hans

I have just learned of Irene's passing. To all her family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Your mother was always so kind and strong and a loving example of a great mother and wife. She was always so welcoming to all of us. I know she must be having a great reunion with Mike, Warner and Norma, LH and Grandma Imig. Please know my thoughts are with you all.

Love, Lynn Imig

To Irene's family. I am writing this for Virginia Imig at her direction. Virginia wanted you all to know that she is so sorry for your loss. She has you all in her thoughts and prayers. She remembers Irene as a most gracious and beautiful woman who always welcomed Gerry and Virginia and their family. She knows the loss you all feel at her passing and knows that the wonderful memories of such a kind and gentle person will be with all of you. Love, Virginia

Lynn Imig for Virginia Imig

Dear Friends, Irene was a lovely gracious lady, so full of love for her family. When we think of her we remember her sweet smile and soft voice. Her friendship and kindness will be remembered by many. May God bless you with all the happy memories and with His peace and comfort. We'll see you at her memorial celebration.

Joe L. and Betty Reynolds

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