Irene V. Koehn

Funeral services were held on Monday, October 28, 2013, at the Zion Lutheran Church, Munich for Irene V. Koehn, 92, of Devils Lake formerly of Egeland and Munich.

Irene Koehn

Posted on 11/1/13

She died Thursday, October 24, 2013 at the Heartland Care Center, Devils Lake with family at her bedside.

Interment at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, rural Munich.

Irene, daughter of Charles and Ida (Westphal) Greening was born on March 27, 1921 at her parents’ farm, rural Clyde. She was reared and educated in the Alsen area, graduating from Wales High School with the class of 1940. After graduating, she helped on the family farm then later attended Valley City State Teacher’s College and received her teaching certificate. She taught at Dresden, Minto Township School and Munich. While teaching in Munich, she met her beloved Alfred “Sonny” Koehn and they were married on June 16, 1946 at Nekoma. They lived in Munich until 1952 when they established their home on the farm at rural Egeland. They farmed side by side and raised their family, and Irene also was a substitute teacher with the Egeland Public School for many years. She was the ultimate farm wife. She was an excellent cook and baker and made everything from “soup to nuts” so to speak and all were delicious. She always had a large garden and canned the produce to share with family and friends. She was an expert seamstress and made clothes for her children and others. She made scrapbooks of family events and community events before “scrapbooking” was so popular. In 1960, the family moved into their new home with running water throughout and a furnace to keep the family cozy and warm on those cold winter nights. She and her husband had worked hard and did without to be able to have a modern home. Alfred passed away on January 21, 1990. She then moved to Munich and lived in her own home until May of 2012. She was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church, the Ladies Aid and the Quilters.

Irene is survived by her dear family. Her children and their spouses, Charles and Tina Koehn of Egeland, Charleen Altendorf of Minto, Rachel and Oscar Miller of Raleigh and David and Jill Koehn also Minto; 14 grandchildren; Corrina Koehn, Amanda Koehn; Jason Altendorf, Jeffrey (Emily) Altendorf, Lauralee (Mike) Foley, Kyle Altendorf, Nathan Altendorf; Justin Miller, Loni Miller, Melissa (Jason) Neuberger, Brandon Miller; James (Jordan) Koehn, Jacob Koehn and Ana Koehn; six great grandchildren T.J., Kaityn, Adam, Claire, Anna and Adilyn; sister, Mildred (Howard) Klein of Minneapolis, Minn. and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Sonny; son-in-law, Martin Altendorf; great grandson, Eric Altendorf and brothers, Victor Greening and Edwin Greening.

Friends may sign the online register book and share memories of Irene at

Gilbertson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.