Irene Raths, age 96 of Morris, Minnesota, passed away on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at the West Wind Village.

Visitation for Irene Raths will take place on Thursday, November 21, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris, MN. Rosary will take place at 4:15 p.m. with Parish Prayers immediately follow at 4:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Visitation will continue on Friday, November 22, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at Assumption Catholic Church in Morris, MN.

Mass of Christian Burial for Irene Ann Raths will be at 10:30 a.m. at Assumption Catholic Church in Morris, MN, on Friday, November 22, 2019.

Irene Ann Braun, daughter of Peter and Elizabeth (Holland) Braun, was born November 16, 1923, in rural Donnelly, MN. She attended grade school in Stevens County District 96. Irene was married to Leo Raths on September 9, 1947, at the St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Donnelly. This union was blessed with twin boys, David and Donald, followed by Richard, Robert and Mark.

Irene’s life revolved around her family. Her bold personality kept her boys in line, and her caring heart let them know that they were loved. Leo and the boys could come in the house after a long day’s work on the farm to fresh homemade bread and her famous “no fail” chocolate cupcakes, chocolate chip cookies and donuts for dessert. Many over the years including grandkids and friends, would call out her nickname Rosie! And she would turn her head and smile. Irene and Leo spent many nights dancing around the dance floor at Lakeside, a tradition that was passed onto their children as they matured into adulthood and got married. In her quiet time, she spent hours ironing everything and embroidering dish clothes, a talent she shared with many. Her grandkids and great-grandkids brought a twinkle to her eyes, as she chased and cheered them on. Irene has been faithful in her daily prayers of the Rosary and her friendships with family and friends. Her spunky, caring personality will be deeply missed.

She is survived by her children: David (Jan) Raths of Hancock, MN, Donald (Barb) Raths of Starbuck, MN, Richard (Mary Lee) Raths of Morris, MN, Robert (LeAnn) Raths of Fergus Falls, MN, and Mark (Michelle) Raths of Morris, MN; seventeen grandchildren; forty-two great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Leo; parents, granddaughters: Lori Raths and Caroline Raths; great-granddaughter: Hadley Knabe; brothers: Willard (Gen), William, James, and Donald Braun; sisters: Agnes (Lawrence) Kopel, Margaret (Edward) Miller; brothers-in-law: Marcellus Raths, Emil (Cecil) Rath, Rudy (Shirley) Raths; sisters-in-law: Margaret (Henry) Wirtjes, Leona (Lloyd) Stowe, Emma (Les) Asmus, Elsie (Roy) Lesmeister; infant siblings: Joseph and Joan.

Funeral services are with Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris, MN.


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