Irene E. Fahje, age 98 of Lyle, Minnesota died Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Lake Mills Care Center in Lake Mills, Iowa. Irene Evelyn Nelson was born December 14, 1918 in Haynes, North Dakota to Hans W. and Agnes (Peterson) Nelson. She attended school in North Dakota and moved to Minnesota in 1940. On December 9, 1945, Irene was united in marriage to Bernhard Fahje in Lyle, Minnesota, where Irene worked at the bank. A member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Lyle, the couple had 4 children. Their son Dennis died in infancy. Irene was famous for her delicious homemade dill pickles, and she loved her role as homemaker, wife, mother, and was lovingly referred to as “clean Irene” by her family! She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, embroidery, and playing cards. Irene treasured the many trips she was able to enjoy with her daughters. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the love of her life.
Irene is survived by her daughters Sandra Anderson of Rochester, Dianne (Charles) Gardner of Lake Mills, IA, and Cindy (Frank) Postic of Chanhassen; 11 grandchildren Melanie (Doug) Bulthuis, Chad (Jodi) Anderson, Kari (David) Elias, Dustin (Kari) Anderson, Brady (Mali) Anderson, Michael Gardner, Laura Gardner, Brett (Rachel) Gardner, Becky Postic (Dave Groth), Tracy Postic, DeAnna (Nathan) Onken; 10 great-grandchildren Cecilia, Eliana, Max, Ava, Chase, and Ian Anderson, Alex and Ryan Elias, Tegan Onken, and Phynley Gardner; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bernhard, her infant son Dennis, her sister Shirley (Roger) Bengtson, her brother Francis (Esther) Nelson, and one great-grandson Brandon.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Lyle with Pastor Joel Guttormson and Pastor Steve Woyen officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20th at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Interment will be in Woodbury Cemetery, rural Lyle. Services prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.