Irene Flora Boettcher, 85
Dec. 24, 1929 -- Feb. 8, 2015

Irene Flora Boettcher, 85, a resident of Manitowoc, entered eternal life on Sunday, Feb. 8, at River Wood in Manitowoc.

Irene was born on Dec. 24, 1929, in West Bend to the late Harry and Stella Basler Trott. Through baptism, she became a member of Godís family on Jan. 5, 1930, at St. Johnís Lutheran Church in West Bend, and that faith was confirmed on April 18, 1943, at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Allenton.

On May 24, 1947, Irene married Earl H. Boettcher at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Allenton. She was self-employed as a hairdresser for many years, and was also talented in sewing, knitting, crocheting and even taught herself tatting.

Irene was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking, watching birds, gardening, and spending time with her family and friends ó especially her great-grandchildren. Irene had a smile that could light up any room!

Survivors include Ireneís husband of 67 years: Earl; son: Donald E. (Sharon) Boettcher, Golden, Colorado; daughter: Kristine A. (James) Carolfi, Manitowoc; four grandchildren: Carrie (Frank) Digironimo, Tammy (Mark) Kaiser, Kelly (Jeremy) Fischer, and Jeremiah (Katie) Carolfi; eight great-grandchildren: Sierra, Dagney, Anthony, Benjamin, Carmen, Colten, Jacob and Cade; brother: Roy (Celia) Trott, West Bend; two sisters: Doris Hafemann, Bayfield, and Bernice Hailey, Mayville; also other relatives and friends. Irene was preceded in death by her parents and sister: Vernette.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3209 Meadow Lane, Manitowoc. The Rev. Robert Kujawski and the Rev. Stephen Melso will officiate with burial to take place at West Bend Memorial Park at a later date. The family will greet relatives and friends at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m.

The Harrigan Parkside Funeral Home and Crematory, Manitowoc, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorials in Ireneís name to Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church and Manitowoc Lutheran High School.

Ireneís family would like to extend their thanks and appreciation to Beth and the entire staff of River Wood for the care and compassion they provided.