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Irene Evelyn Smith

December 24, 1929 November 26, 2022
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Irene was born Dec. 24, 1929, on the family farm between Altamont and St. Elmo in Effingham County, the daughter of Edwin Christian Martin Grobengieser and Alma Friederiche Wilhelmina (Ferchow) Grobengieser. She married David Warren Smith on Jan. 21, 1948, in Altamont, and after 51 years of marriage he preceded her in death on July 19, 1999.

Grateful to have shared her life are her children, David Smith and wife Ruth Ann (Heimgartner) of Altamont, Ruth Ann (Smith) Farris of Toledo, and Gina (Smith) Moulder and husband Robert “Bob” of Centralia; eight grandchildren, James Farris and wife Peggy (Craig) of Mattoon, Travis Farris of Morton, Katherine Smith of Gainesville, Fla., Charles Farris and fiancée Elizabeth "Liz" Kopp of Toledo, Andrew Smith and wife Elizabeth “Liz” (Wahl) of East Dundee, Lucas Moulder, Samuel Moulder, and Adam Moulder, all of Centralia; a brother, Arlin Grobengieser and wife Lillian (Wolff) of rural St. Elmo; brother-in-law: Lloyd Smith of Mt. Zion; step-grandchildren, Jeff Farris and Sharon Kay (Farris) Bass, both of Mattoon; great-grandchildren, Chester Trueblood, Briana Farris, Travis "TJ" Farris, and Ivette Farris, all of Mattoon, and Hunter Smith of East Dundee; great-great-grandchildren, Rylie Irene Farris and Braxley Trueblood; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Linda Lou Smith; brother, Kenneth Grobengieser; sons-in-law, Charles Farris Sr. and William Helmbacher; step-grandchildren, Karen Farris and Eddie Farris; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Marie (Smith) Bannick, Earl Smith and wife Shirley (Wright), Evelyn (Smith) Clagg and husband Charles, Nadine (Smith) Antonides and husband Lee, Maxine (Smith) Belinsky and husband Frank, Mary Ann (Herron) Smith, and Hubert Smith and wife Bernadine "Bunny" (Coleman).

Irene was a life-long member of Saint Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of America on Route 40 in Altamont, where she was baptized Dec. 29, 1929, and confirmed her faith March 29,1942. Hard work and a strong faith were part of her daily family life.

An accomplished seamstress, Irene enjoyed hand-quilting, embroidery work, and making quilts for each of her children and grandchildren. She served on the St. Paul quilting group, In Stitches, since 1995 and enjoyed making the many tied or knotted quilts that they made and donated locally and around the world.

In their earlier years, Irene and her husband Warren owned and operated Irene’s Eggs and a phosphate business. She was a homemaker and a farmwife, and also worked at Fedders Air Conditioning in Effingham from 1966 to 1995. She enjoyed gardening and all kinds of fancy work, but most of all she enjoyed time spent with her friends and family. While she was small of stature, she was mighty in her faith, positivity, and humor, with a quick wit, amazing memory, and a touching smile that will be fondly remembered.

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4:00 PM 12/3/2022 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 12/3/2022 7:00:00 PM
Kull Funeral Home Altamont

114 West Washington Ave.
Altamont, IL 62411

Kull Funeral Home Altamont
114 West Washington Ave. Altamont 62411 IL
United States





2:00 PM 12/4/2022 2:00:00 PM
St Paul Evangelical Lutheran

2293 US-40
Altamont, IL 62411

Visitation at the church one hour prior to funeral service.

St Paul Evangelical Lutheran
2293 US-40 Altamont 62411 IL
United States

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St Paul ECLA Cemetery Final Resting Place

2293 US-40
Altamont, IL 62411

2293 US-40 Altamont 62411 IL
United States

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Lutheran Care Center

St. Paul ELCA Cemetery

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