Irene Christine Locey, 81, of International Falls, Minn., died Friday, July 19, 2019, at the Good Samaritan Society-International Falls.
She was born Feb. 15, 1938, in Emo, Ontario, Canada.
Irene grew up on a family farm north of Barwick, Ontario, with her parents, Paul and Anna Morken; three brothers, Mel, Ed and Wayne; and one sister, Hazel. Irene left the farm when she was 17 years old.
She worked for a while at Rainycrest Home for the Aged until she married Lyle Locey.
Lyle came for Irene on Nov. 22, 1955, and they married on Dec. 1, 1955.
After Irene received her visa they moved to Fulton, Ill., on Feb. 9, 1956. Lyle worked at a fertilizer plant for a few years then they moved to Bovey, Minn., in November of 1960 to operate a gas station. Irene and Lyle lived in there for a few years then relocated to International Falls to manage a bigger gas station and Irene could be closer to her family in Canada.
Lyle passed away Oct. 3, 1967, due to a tragic car accident. Irene raised five children by herself, working several jobs to make ends meet.
Irene was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and a very kind woman with a heart of gold. Home was where everyone was welcome.
She liked berry picking and gardening.
Family was her life. She loved being with family and having family dinners. She was a wonderful cook.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Anna; husband, Lyle; daughters, Debbie Julien and Linda Zawchenuk; and grandson, Ronnie Locey.
Irene is survived by her son, Gene (Becky) Locey; daughters, Terri (Mike) Zahn and Laurie (Steve) Janttie; 12 grandchildren — Mike Zahn, Jeff (Carmen) Zahn, Jessica Zahn, Lacey (James) Kaminski, Britny Janttie, Nick Janttie, Ryan (Beth) Julien, Berri (Mitch) Lavern, Marcus Zawchenuk, Taylor Zawchenuk, Michael Fisher and Sabra Fisher; 14 great-grandchildren; brothers, Melvin (Eleanor) Morken, Ed (Faye) Morken and Wayne Morken; sister, Hazel (Bob) Gratton; and wonderful friend, Rose Steinbach.
A memorial service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, at the Mark Jerstad Fellowship Hall, Good Samaritan Society-International Falls.
Condolences may be left at www.greenlarsen.com.
Arrangements are with Green-Larsen Mortuary Inc., International Falls.