Irene Peters

            Irene Peters, daughter of William and Martha Thieman Heideman, was born September 16, 1920, in Fremont Township of rural Bremer County, Iowa. She was baptized by Pastor Emil Stech on October 10, 1920, at St. Peter’s Evangelical Church in Tripoli, which would later become Faith United Church of Christ. She was confirmed there on April 9, 1933.

            On November 8, 1945, she was united in marriage with Walter A. Peters at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church at Readlyn by Pastor Dornbusch. The couple farmed for many years on Walter’s parent’s farm before moving into Tripoli in 1982. While on the farm, Irene and Walter were members of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church of Readlyn.

            In September of 2011, Irene entered the Tripoli Nursing Home where her death occurred this past Thursday, January 26, 2012. This was exactly nineteen years to the day of Walter’s death. Irene was ninety-one years old and was a member of Faith United Church of Christ. She always was interested in her grandchildren and great grandchildren’s activities, and while on the farm, enjoyed gardening and her animals. Later in life, she enjoyed crafts and crocheting when she was able to do so.

            She is survived by one daughter, Janet (Larry) Ladage of Tripoli; two grandchildren, Tina Maloney and Aaron Ladage; four step grandchildren, Kip, Kurt, Kelly, and Karol Ladage; and sixteen great grandchildren.

            In addition to her husband and parents, Irene was preceded in death by two brothers, Lawrence and Leslie Heideman.

            Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 30, 2012, at Faith United Church of Christ in Tripoli, with Rev. Marilyn Sargent officiating. Interment will be at the Church Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., Sunday, January 29, 2012, at Rettig Funeral Home in Tripoli and for one hour before services at the church on Monday. Memorial donations may be given to the family for a memorial choice to be made later or to Faith United Church of Christ in Tripoli. 


Jeff & Peggy on January 31, 2012 at 9:59 AM said:

Please accept our sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. This is one of the most difficult things we must face in our life. May it comfort you to know that others are deeply touched by your loss. God assures us at Psalms 34:18 that he is near to those broken in heart and those crushed in spirit he saves. Jesus also promises that we will be able to see our loved ones again. Jesus own words found at John 5:28,29 tells us there will be a resurrection. What a wonderful hope! God says that soon on the earth there will be no more pain, suffering and especially death at Revelation 21:3-5 We anxiously await the day when we will no longer lose those we love. May these bible thoughts bring you comfort at this most difficult time.
Mary Heinemann on January 29, 2012 at 2:07 PM said:

Janet, Larry and family:
So sorry to hear about your mom. You have my sympathy.
Bert and Joan Goetzinger on January 29, 2012 at 5:01 AM said:

Janet and family,
Wishing we were able to be by you at this time -- but our thoughts and prayers are with you. Read Heaven is for Real sometime -- my niece had read just before her mom passed away and there are some wonderful insights in it. Our love to you. Bert and Joan
Bonnie Johnston on January 28, 2012 at 12:11 PM said:

So sorry to see that your mom passed away. We are in sunny Texas. My condolences at this time.
Geri Kelsey Salisbury on January 27, 2012 at 2:32 PM said:

Sending sincere sympathies to you Janet, Larry and family. Your mom and mine were good friends through out the years. Now they will be spending eternity with our Father in a wonderful place. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Becker-Milnes Funeral Home

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