Irene B. Marks

Funeral services for Irene B. Marks (nee Bell) of Cedarburg will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25 at Community United Methodist Church, W68 N563 Evergreen Blvd., in Cedarburg.

Irene departed at the age of 91 on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2007.

Visitation will be held at the church on Thursday, from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will take place at Immanuel Cemetery in Cedarburg.

Mueller Funeral Home is serving the family.

Irene B. Marks was born Goldie Irene Bell near Petersburg, Ill. of Scots ancestors on Aug. 15, 1916. She was raised on a farm and attended a one-room school in Talula, Ill. near New Salem, Ill.

After her father died, Irene and her mother moved to Springfield, Ill. where she graduated from high school.

In 1939, she married Donald Marks of Milwaukee who traveled central Illinois selling imprinted bank checks.

During World War II, she lived in Sacramento, Calif. and later in Milwaukee while Donald served overseas in the U.S. Army.

Following the war, Irene and Donald moved to Cedarburg in 1947. The couple developed many long-term friendships. Irene was the gracious hostess for innumerable gatherings and was widely known as an excellent cook and superb pie baker.

Irene and Don joined the Community Methodist Church and Irene had been one of its most senior members. Irene was also a longtime member of P.E.O. a philanthropic organization.

Irene’s most important role was as wife and mother. Her son Tom remembers Irene delivering papers on his Journal route so that he could play high school football. She chaperoned a number of weekend trips for the Mercury Thunderbolts.

When Donald became ill with Lou Gehrig’s disease, Irene cared for him in their home. As he became weaker, she managed a remarkable amount of physical effort to provide his care up the final day of his life. This was done without complaint or fanfare, which is the way she lived her entire life, never seeking or comfortable in the spotlight.

When her home became a burden, Irene moved into Lasata Heights and happily lived there for seven years, maintaining many friendships.

Irene is survived by her sons Tom (Tammy) and Ned; grandchildren Laurel, Becca and Barbara Marks; and her nieces Marjalee Vann and Penny Youkabaitis.

Irene was preceded in passing by her father Thomas Bell; mother Ada Bell; sisters Alice and Elsie; and her husband Donald.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Lasata Care Center in Cedarburg for all of their efforts in caring for Irene during her final seven months.

In lieu of flowers, donations made to the A.L.S. Foundation in memory of Irene are appreciated.