Wednesday, February 8, 2017 3:38 pm

IRENE K. MCCONNELL, 96, of Decorah, died Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, at Aase Haugen Senior Services in Decorah. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Decorah, with Rev. Phil Gibbs officiating. Inurnment is in St. Bridget’s Catholic Cemetery in rural Bluffton. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah, and Saturday beginning at 9:30 a.m., one hour before the service, at the church. Irene is survived by five children: Mary (Dennis) Cook of Waterloo, Jane Ellen (Raphael) Murray of Nevada, Kathleen (James) Simon of Clive, David (Brenda) McConnell of Decorah and Maureen (Ervin Jr.) Yahr of Decorah; 15 grandchildren: Michael (Melissa) McConnell, Overland Park, Kan.; Denise (Mikel) Schulta, Kearney, Mo.; Timothy (Brigid) Cook, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Suzanne (Jeff) Henkle, Kansas City, Mo.; Patrick Cook, Chicago, Ill.; Erin (Steve) Seals, Des Moines; Shana (Joel) Wiseman, Chicago, Ill.; Ryan (Megan) Murray, Louisville, Colo.; Ellen (Evan) Borst, Wichita, Kan.; Benjamin (Danielle) Roling; Liberty, Kan., Emily (Anthony) Zingale, Clive; Regan (Tara) McConnell, Decorah; Sara (Zach) Bulman, Decorah; Kaitlin (fiancé Joel Pohland) Yahr, Little Falls, Minn.; and Ervin “Will” Yahr III, Decorah; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandson. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Aase Haugen Senior Services, St. Benedict Benedict’s Capital Campaign, or St. Bridget’s Catholic Cemetery. Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at

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