Irene H. Charland (nee West), 93, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. Irene was born on April 25, 1919, in Neillsville to William and Emma (nee Pexa) West. She married Roy Charland on Sept. 30, 1939. Roy and Irene lived and raised their children on Lake Wissota in Chippewa Falls. After Roy’s retirement, they enjoyed spending their winters in Mesa, Ariz. Irene resided at Oakwood Hills Independent Senior Living Community in Eau Claire for seven years after Roy passed away.
No mother loved her family more, and everyone who knew her will remember her beautiful smile and laughter.
Irene is survived by her children Dave (Jan) of West Bend and Cheri of Eau Claire; grandchildren Michelle Mayer, Katie (Mark) Bush, David (Elizabeth) Charland, Jenna Laman, and Marcus Laman; and great-grandchildren Kailee, Hannah, Gabrielle, Sophie, Zander, and Annaliese Irene. She is further survived by other relatives and dear friends. Irene is preceded in death by her husband Roy; parents William and Emma; and brother Donald.
A memorial service for Irene will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at Unity Christ Center, 1808 Folsom St. in Eau Claire with the Rev. Sandy McKinney. Gathering will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at the church only. In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the Mayo Clinic Health System, Attn: Home Health & Hospice, P.O. Box 2060, Eau Claire, WI 54702-2060.
The family would like to express a special thank you to Ivy Manor, Grace Hospice, and Northwest Wisconsin HomeCare for their care and compassion for Irene.
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family; (262) 338-2050 / www.phillipfuneralhome.com.