January 28, 2016
- 7:00 PM
January 28, 2016
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
January 29, 2016
- 1:30 PM
Irene M. Gunkel, 88, Fargo, died Sunday January 24, 2016 in Bethany on 42nd.
Irene Margarete was born on June 25, 1927 in Fried, ND to Stanley and Mary (Maciewski) Krawczyk.
Irene was a graduate of St. John’s Academy and also attended the Ann Carlson School in Jamestown.
Irene worked in Fargo as a telephone operator for the IRS for 15 years and was also employed by Vocational Rehabilitation Services.
On September 16, 1961 she was united in marriage to Edwin Gunkel in Fried, ND. The couple moved to Dilworth, MN before settling in Fargo. As a charter member of the Red River Valley Handicaps club formed in the late 1950’s, Irene and Edwin were instrumental in helping create the F-M areas first transportation system designed specifically for the disabled in 1975- Handi-Wheels, where Irene worked as a dispatcher.
Irene is survived by her son, Jeffrey Gunkel, Fargo; daughter, Angela (Jon) Lien, West Fargo; sister, Patricia (Wayne) Weldon, Oceanside, CA; granddaughter, Lynzie Lien.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin; brothers, Walter, Joseph, and Stanley Krawczyk; sisters, Mary Peterson, Theresa Moser, and Ann Marr; best friend Delores Tveiten; and her beloved Dachshund Mitzy.
There will be a visitation from 5-7 P.M. with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center with. The funeral service will be at 1:30 P.M. on Friday, January 29, 2016 at Nativity Catholic Church with visitation one hour before. Interment will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Fried, ND.