Irene Vrzal, 89

Irene P. Vrzal, 89, long- time Montgomery resident, died Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at The Villages in Lonsdale.

Irene was born August 30, 1920 in Jordan, a daughter of Charles and Ida Fehlandt. She attended school in Jordan and furthered her education in Mankato. Irene married Harry S. Vrzal of Montgomery on June 8, 1943, in North Branch. Prior to her marriage, she worked as a waitress in Jordan and was also a meter reader. After marriage, she worked at Ruhland's Red Owl. Irene and Harry owned and operated the Brass Rail in Montgomery for over 30 years. After selling the business in 1974, she worked for Minnegasco, Holy Redeemer Parish, was a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels and also helped at the Peace Center in New Prague. Irene was a member of Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery, where she was a communion distributor, choir member and also did altar care. She was active in the Council of Catholic Women (CCW), Knights of Columbus Auxiliary, Mission Sewing and Red Hat Society. Irene loved spending time with family and friends, being involved in card clubs, bingo parties, Senior Citizens and many other activities. Her hobbies included fishing, sewing, crocheting, snow blowing, gardening, canning and riding on her lawn mower. Nothing made her happier than being surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren, who referred to her as Grandma Moosh.

She is survived by six children Steve (Chrys) Vrzal, Montgomery, Mary (Darrel) Kotek, Montgomery, Phyllis Vrzal, Montgomery, Barb (Dale) Connolly, Mankato, Sue (Jake) Lawson, Montgomery and Vickie (Barry) Eichman, Eden Prairie; 18 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; two sisters; a brother; and a great-grandson.

Funeral services were held at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery on Tuesday, May 18, at 10:30 a.m., with Rev. David Barrett officiating.

Interment was at Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery. Casketbearers were grandchildren Mick Kotek, Marty Vrzal, Jill Gagnon, Whitney Daleiden, Chad Lawson, Kim Sladek, Tracey Blanck, Khristy Pint, Dan Kotek, Nick Eichman, Nate Eichman, A.J. Lawson, Steve Kotek, Scott Vrzal, Josh Vrzal, Justin Daleiden, Tom Connolly and Charlie Lawson.

Visitation was held at Most Holy Redeemer Church on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m., and also one hour prior to the services on Tuesday. A CCW rosary was held at 3:45 p.m. Monday.

Arrangements were with the Keohen Memorial Funeral Home in Montgomery.

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