Irene L. Hargrave


Nov. 4, 1914 - Feb. 15, 2013



Irene L. Hargrave of Waukesha passed away peacefully Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at the age of 98. Irene was born Nov. 4, 1914, in Wauwatosa, the daughter of Ferdinand and Elsie (nee Seeman) Semrow.


She married the love of her life, Chester W. Hargrave, on Sept. 22, 1934. Irene worked at Sentry Foods in Waukesha for more than 20 years, the last six as a floral designer. She was a 4-H leader in Waukesha County for more than 10 years. After moving to Markesan, she was employed at Patrick’s Floral Shop. Irene enjoyed quilting, crafts and travel. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family.


Irene will be sadly missed by her children, JoEllen (Roy) Meidenbauer, Carol (friend Steve) Gonzales, Larry (Karen) Hargrave and Christine (Brian) Whitehaus. Irene is further survived by 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and one on the way; half-brother Gerald (Joan) Moulton; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


She is preceded in death by her husband, Chester; brother, Elmer Semrow; and half-sister, Janet Condon.


The visitation for Irene will be held from 10 a.m. until the 11:30 a.m. funeral service Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Evangelical & Reformed United Church of Christ, 413 Wisconsin Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186. The Rev. Ralph Schultz will be officiating. Burial will follow at Prairie Home Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the Evangelical & Reformed United Church of Christ (see address above).


Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For the online obituary or to leave a condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com, or call 542-6609.