Irella C. Wente, 97, of New Bremen, died on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Elmwood Assisted Living in New Bremen.
She was born on Feb. 26, 1917, in Cranberry Prairie, to the late John and Loretta (Reier) Brockman.
She married Raymond J. Wente on Nov. 8, 1941, in Cranberry Prairie, and he preceded her in death on June 14, 1996.
She is survived by her children, Betty Lou (Raymond) Beyke of Greenville; Lavern (Patricia) Wente of Minster; JoAnn (Larry) Derksen of Celina; Jerry (Patricia) Wente of Troy; Marvin (Cheryl) Wente of New Bremen; Joyce (Randy) Burnett, of Independence, Ky.; 19 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren, stepsister Wilma Beyke of Celina and stepbrother Mel and Agnes Bertke, Coldwater.
She was preceded in death by her stepmother Agnes (Bertke) Brockman and brother Serinus (Rita) Brockman.
She was a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church of New Bremen, and of the New Bremen Senior Citizens. She was a homemaker and a farmer’s wife.
A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, the Rev. Tom Mannebach officiating.
Burial will take place in St. Augustine Cemetery in Minster.
Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday at the Hogenkamp Funeral Home in Minster.
Condolences may be made at HogenkampFh.com.