ROCHESTER - Irene Mae Bierbaum, 86, died on Monday, February 21, 2011 at Samaritan Bethany Heights in Rochester. Irene was born in Elgin, MN on August 1, 1924 to Louis and Mae Emma (Stahl) Bruemmer. She attended the Minnesota School of Business and worked as a secretary at Mayo Clinic for 42 years. Irene married Leland Bierbaum on June 9, 1957. She was a longtime member at Christ United Methodist Church in Rochester. Irene was a very devoted sister and wife. Irene was an inspiration to all who knew her. She was a caregiver to many and always gave fully of herself to others. Irene is survived by her husband of 53 years, Leland, of Rochester; a sister, Dolores Bierbaum, of Rochester; and a nephew, Kenneth (KayAnn) Bierbaum, of Rochester.Irene is preceded in death by her parents; and a niece, Janice Bierbaum.A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at Christ United Methodist Church (400 5th Ave. S.W.) with Rev. Nancy Wheeler Handlon officiating. Visitation will be from 4-7 P.M. on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home and an hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will take place at Grandview Memorial Gardens.Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester, MN.(507) 289-3600 www.ranfranzandvinefh.com
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My deepest sympathy to you Leland on your loss. What a special couple you were to me. Bless you on your journey ahead without your beloved Irene.
Leland and Dolores:
I am sorry to read of Irene's passing. Please know that the family of Verne and Alice Dubbels is thinking of you. God Bless and comfort you both.
Nancy Dubbels Fawthorp
Alice Dubbels Atkinson
I am deeply saddened by Irene's death. What a huge loss for everyone, especially her sweet and loving husband, Leland. I have never met a couple so truly devoted to one another. My thoughts and prayers will be with you, Leland.