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In Memory of Irene Burch


3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday January 20, 2020
Trinity Lutheran Church
1250 Broadway ST
Hammond Wisconsin, 54015

Memorial Service

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Monday January 20, 2020
Trinity Lutheran Church
1250 Broadway ST
Hammond Wisconsin, 54015

Irene Anita Burch, of Hammond, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully with family by her side on January 15, 2020 at Westfields Hospital in New Richmond, Wisconsin. Irene was born June 05, 1924 in Connorsville , Wisconsin to parents Carl and Lola (Vance) Bygd. She attended Oaklawn Elementary School and Boyceville High School in Wisconsin.

Irene enjoyed sewing, quilting, crocheting and knitting. She loved to read. But most of all she loved her Lord and Savior and her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She enjoyed a host of friends: her Church family, her friends and caretakers at Hammond Health Care Services, and her dear friend, Harriet.

Irene remains in the hearts of her children, Rebecca Fowler of Baldwin WI, David (Teri) Burch of Minong, WI, and daughter-in-law Connie (Richard McCallister) Burch of Hudson WI; grandchildren, Amy Burch, Marcy (Chad) Nelson, Josh Burch, Jamie (Brad) McCulloch, Ryan (Michele) Fowler, and Spike Burch; great- grandchildren, Claire, Matthew, Levi, Madyson, Payton, Bo, Keely and Ray. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Julian Burch; sons, Paul Burch and Richard Burch; daughter-in-law, Kathy Burch; son-in-law, David Fowler.

A Memorial Service for Irene will be held at 5:00 P.M, Monday, January 20, 2020, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1250 Broadway St. Hammond, WI, with a Visitation preceding the service at church from 3:00–5:00 P.M. A meal in Irene’s honor will immediately follow her service.

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    • I was deeply privileged to take care of Miss Irene while she lived in Hammond, she was really something, what we call down south a true gracious lady…she was so sweet and kind, I loved spending time with her and teasing her about her and Miss Harriet “runnin’ the streets”. I KNOW she’s in Heaven cause there was such a spiritual quality about her, I will miss her terribly but it was such an honor to meet her; my heart breaks for her BFF Miss Harriet for I know she must be grieving for her partner in crime, my sincerest condolences to her family and friends. We are better people for having known her…

    • I worked with Irene and Julian at the Baldwin Food Shelf. Both were a dedicated couple who felt it an honor to help people who were going through some unexpected time in their life. I admired them immensely for their spirit of giving!

    • In my tribute to Aunt Irene I want to say what an important person she was to me personally. She (and Uncle Sonny) were an inspiration as to how to be good parents, members of my family and good members of their community and society. I can’t really think of any thing that I didn’t look up to her for. She was really more of a second mom to me and some one that I knew with out a doubt I could count on to support me when I needed it most; and to scold me with her honest advise when I needed it the most as well. She was a mentor to me many times in my life as I watched her deal with the every day ups and downs of life and the tragedies of life that came unexpectedly to my life and to her life. She seemed to me to be a pillar of strength when I needed an example of how to react and feel about what life was handing out.
      I’ll never forget one time early in my life when I asked her what her definition of love was. She said first there has to be a spark or a twinkle in your eye for another person that gets you excited to be around that person. Second; you know that person (without hesitation), feels the same way about you that you feel about them. And third that other person does small things for you on their own that you don’t expect or ask for because they love you. She gave the example that when Uncle Sonny would get up in the morning he would throw a blanket over her because he knew that she would get cold without him in bed next to her. It didn’t occur to me until today as I think about her, that that definition could apply not only to a spouse but to any person important in our lives. I’ve tried to live by her lesson the best I can but I’m certain don’t reach her level of commitment most of the time. It’s a lesson we all could strive to live up to a little more every day.
      I will miss her very much.