Thursday, September 3, 2015



AGE: 95

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Aspirus Care and Rehab, Wednesday September 2, 2015 at 5:00 PM, under the care of Hope Hospice and Palliative Care.

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM, Saturday September 5, 2015 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford.

OFFICIATING: Deacon Joe Stefancin

INTERMENT: Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford, WI.

VISITATION: 10:00 AM until the time of services at 11:00 AM at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford.

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: February 16, 1920, in Medford, WI.

MARRIAGE: Paul Lukewich, Sr., August 1, 1942, whom preceded her in death in 1980. She then married Art Piller, on January 25, 1981, whom preceded her in death in 1986. She then married Max Opelt on May 1, 1991, whom preceded her in death on October 5, 2005.

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE:Irene and Paul owned a dairy farm in the Town of Hammel. While owning and operating the farm, she also worked as a cook for the Black Bear Inn in Medford. She then owned “Sisters Restaurant” on “Miracle Mile” in Medford. Irene also worked at Chapperal in Whittlesey. Irene also drove school bus for Wayside School in the Town of Hammel.
Irene loved to Ice Fish, playing cards, and Bingo. She loved to complete different crafts, especially projects in which she could knit different items. Irene's family never went hungry, and she will always be remembered by being an excellent cook, especially her desserts. She loved spending time with her family, especially all of her Grandchildren.

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, VFW POST# 5729 Ladies Auxiliary, Goodrich Farmers Union, Chelsea Conservation Club

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Shirley Lukewich of Medford, Paul (Sandy) Lukewich of Medford, George (Beth) Lukewich of Medford.

GRANDCHILDREN: Don Unrau, Jr., Carolyn (Bruce) Clarkson, Lisa (Carl) Tyznik, Kathy (Troy Jay) Brecht, Rose Unrau, Valerie (Shawn) Lekie, Stacie (Justin) Mallo, Jesse (Nikki) Lukewich,
Anne (Mark) Weiler, Heidi (Reece) Neumueller.


SURVIVING SISTER: Pearl Grenda of Texas.

SPECIAL FRIENDS: Richard “Richie” and Alice Lewandowski of Chicago, IL


BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Brothers: Matthew, George, John, Richard, Sylvester Lewandowski.
Sisters: Alice Jari, Evelyn Behling.

ALSO PRECEDED BY: 2 children in infancy.

DECEASED FATHER: Walter Lewandowski

DECEASED MOTHER: Mary (Jocefiak) Lewandowski

PALLBEARERS: Jesse Lukewich, Mark Weiler, Reece Neumueller, Don Unrau, Jr., Shawn Lekie, Bruce Lewandowski, Kelsey Tyznik, Lisa Tyznik

HONORARY PALLBEARERS: Valerie Lekie, Carolyn Clarkson, Stacie Mallo, Anne Weiler, Heidi Neumueller, Kathy Brecht, Rose Unrau

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, Holy Rosary Catholic Church, and Rib Lake Golden Living Center; Activites.
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