Irene Mildred Obenauf

Resided in Gladstone, MI
Died March 21, 2021

Irene Mildred Obenauf, age 86, of Gladstone passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, March 21, 2021.

Irene was born November 2, 1934 in Chatham, the daughter of William and Helmi (Niemi) Maki. She was united in marriage to Lawrence Obenauf at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Marquette. Irene and Lawrence ran a dairy farm in Chatham for many years, retiring in 1988 and moved to Gladstone. They began a new adventure together, taking Debbi Tours across the country. Irene also helped Lawrence raise his two daughters, as well as their own children, put herself through nursing school and loved animals.

Irene is survived by her son, Bill of Gladstone, daughter, Lorene (Steve) Maulding of Gladstone, step-daughter, Judy (Joel) Winkler of Wisconsin, granddaughter, Alana Howard and many other grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence, her parents, her brother, Walter Maki and step-daughter, Sally Obenauf.

Funeral services for Irene will be held privately at the convenience of the family.

The Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone is assisting the family.

9 Tributes for “Irene Mildred Obenauf

    Irene truly spoke her heart, and indeed loved her family and dear friends immeasurably. Many fond memories with her and Larry, Lorene and Will. She was a dear friend to my mom, Hella, and Irene always had a helping hand and insight which was much appreciated. She will be met at Heaven’s Gates by so many who loved her – May you Rest In Peace, dear sweet lady
    Love, Norma, Pete and the whole Scovill and Farwest Ironworks families

    I remember Irene from year 1982 when she and cousin Ethel visited Finland after some newly started correspondence. We had good time meeting with relatives here in Finland with them. Irene specially enjoyed meeting relative dairy farmers here. We are sorry to hear of her passaway, but feel good that we had the chance to meet.

    Bill and Lorene and family
    We are so sorry to hear the sad news of Irene’s passing. She has been a best friend since childhood and I will miss the daily phone conversations, Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Hugs to all
    Gladys Keto and Family

    Lorene and Will,

    Sending my heartfelt condolences. Some of my fondest memories are the many adventures and laughs we shared on the dairy farm. Those were the best of times! Your mom had a kind heart, showing care and concern for family, friends, and animals alike. Although gone from this world, she will never be forgotten. May she rest in eternal peace.

    Love & Blessings,
    Brenda Meadows

    Many thanks to Bill & Lorene for the loving care of their mom. There was never a doubt that she wasn’t in good hands. Irene and I were best buds for over 50 years. I will be forever grateful for that and cherish all the memories we made together. Rest in peace dear sister in Christ.

    Love you forever,
    Phyllis Pokela

    Lorene, Bill & Judy,
    So very sorry to learn of the passing of your mom and my Aunt Irene.
    Although I didn’t visit often, your mom made me feel welcome and I enjoyed our conversations when I came with my parents.
    She loved her family so much and I know you will miss her. Love, Pamela & Dan (Rosalie and Russell’s daughter) Wilmington, IL

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