ESTHERVILLE – Funeral services for Irene Butterfield, 96, of Fort Dodge and formerly Estheville will be held 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Estherville with Pastor Paul Wiegman officiating. Visitation will be noon until the time of service Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church. Interment will be at Palestine Lutheran Cemetery in Dolliver.
She died Friday, Aug. 28, 2009, at Bickford Cottages in Fort Dodge.
Irene (Sampson) Butterfield, the daughter of Martin O. and Johanna (Lilland) Sampson, was born Sept. 15, 1912, in Huxley.
Irene moved with her family as a young child to Swea City. She attended rural school in Kossuth County and graduated from Armstrong High School in 1930.
On Jan. 7, 1934, Irene was united in marriage to Fred G. Butterfield at Huxley. After their marriage, the couple farmed in the Swea City area until 1945, when they moved northwest of Dolliver where they farmed until 1976. The couple spent over 23 years wintering in Mesa, Ariz. In 1979, the couple moved into Estherville to make their home. Irene loved cooking and baking and her favorite spot in their home was their kitchen. She especially loved baking bread and pies. Fred died Dec. 19, 2003. In 2007, Irene moved to Fort Dodge to be closer to her family.
Irene was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Estherville.
Left to cherish Irene’s memory are one daughter, Marilyn Harder, of Fort Dodge; one son, John Butterfield and his wife, Peggy, of St. Paul, Minn.; five grandchildren, Kathy Khommanyvong, husband, Lee, of Rockwell City, Steve Harder, his wife, Denae, of Spring Valley, Minn., Ann Reid, husband, Robb, of Edina, Jason Butterfield, his wife, Liz, of Mayer, Minn., and Jill Grimmelman, her husband, Dave, of Woodbury, Minnesota; 11 great-grandchildren, Sara, David, Jadyn, Shawn, Jordan, Trenton, Jacob, Rachel, Alex, Ellie and Anna; brother, Orville Sampson, of Estherville; sister, Wilma Nelsen of Estherville and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding Irene in death were her husband; parents; son-in-law, Eldo; sister, Edna Larson and brothers, Harold, Lloyd and Milford.
Irene had requested memorial donations be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church Kitchen Fund
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