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.