Irene Myrtle Chelsvig, 87, of Story City died April 25, 2019, at Bethany Manor in Story City. A Celebration of Life service was held Tuesday, April 30, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Petri Lutheran Church in Story City. Burial followed in the Story City Cemetery. Visitation was an hour prior to the service at the church.


Irene was born on Aug. 7, 1931, in Mason City to Theodore and Irene (Netland) Menage. She married Dale Chelsvig on Nov. 10, 1949. He died July 3, 1978. Irene worked many years at the Story City Hospital and then at Slim’s Country Fruit Market.


Irene lived most of adult life in Story City and was a member of St. Petri Lutheran Church. She enjoyed playing bingo, watching sports, canning and freezing of fruits and vegetables, gardening and driving around Story City. Her family and especially her grandchildren gave her the greatest joy.


Irene is survived by her son, Mike (Chere) of Adel; three daughters, Patty (Charles) VanPatter, Judy (Tim) Watson and Cindy Osmundson all of Story City; nine grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren and a sister, Iola (Arlo) Ericson of St. Joseph, Mo.


She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dale; two sons, Ricky and Richard; a son-in-law, Larry Osmundson and a grandson, Chad Chelsvig.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethany Life Staff Recognition Fund.


Soderstrum Funeral Home in Story City is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and photos may be shared at www.soderstrumadams.com.