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March 10, 1920 – Sunday, January 24, 2010

Service Information
Buffalo Pesbyterian Church
Saturday, January 30th
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information

Irene Martha (Pofahl) Painschab,
age 89 of Buffalo formerly of Waverly passed away on Sunday January 24, 2010
at the Buffalo Hospital.

Irene was born on March 10th, 1920 in Hutchinson, MN the daughter of
William and Florence (Ostrom) Pofahl.
On November 4th, 1938 Irene M. was united in marriage to Leonard G.
Painschab in, Hutchinson MN.
Some of her accomplishments were: teaching Sunday School for 23 years, Acting as
church elder at Waverly Presbyterian church for 3 yrs, Senior Citizens
Vice President Waverly 3 yrs, Montrose 2 yrs, Involved with home health
care since inception, 8 yrs in Wright county, grief support program,
Managed the 4-H stand for 18 yrs with her husband, Member of the QQ
for 49 plus yrs, Blue Ribbon Group, AARP Board, performed pre-school
screenings, seniors citizens lunch program, Wright County Senior
Citizen, MINNESOTA Outstanding Senior Citizen of the Year, Catholic
Charities Board, Food Shelf Volunteer, Buffalo Community Center,
Eleven Who Kare Nominee, Central MN Council on aging, AAGE 1990
Calendar Girl, Howard Lake Good Samaritan Volunteer, VFW Post &
Auxiliary, WCCO Good Neighbor (in the 90’s), Fisherwoman, Ageless
Hero’s Nominee, Wright Singers, Wife, Mother, Grandmother and
Great-grandmother. She was also the first recipient of the annual
Leonard Painschab Memorial Citizen Volunteer.
Thank you Irene for being an example to us all.

Irene is survived by her loving family… Children Marion F. (George)
Tellgren of Richfield, MN, Marie E. (Darrell) Barth of Souix Falls,
SD, John E. Painschab of Stamford, TX.
Grandchildren Kimberly (Jeff) Bryan, Scott (Stephanie) Barth, Tim
(Angie) Barth, Michael (Amy) Anderson, Tim (Michelle) Painschab,
Brandon Painschab, Jeremy (Sharee) Painschab. Great-grandchildren
Colin Bryan, Kourtney, Cody and Colton Anderson, Kaitlyn, Joshua and
Allyson Barth, Mollie Barth, Allysa, Nathan and Ashley Painschab.

Siblings Betty Pulkrabek of Hutchinson, MN, Helen (Ralph) Piehl of
Silver Lake, MN, Alma Johnson of Hutchinson, MN, Robert Pofahl of
Hutchinson, MN, Sandra (David) Frauenshuh of Edina, MN.
Nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Irene was preceded in death by her husband Leonard G., son Lenny,
sister Eleanore Hagen, brother Bill Pofahl, parents William H.
(Victoria) Pofahl and Florence (Ed) Robinson.

Honorary Casket Bearers are Irene’s grandchildren.

Funeral service held on Saturday, January 30th 2010, 11:00 A.M. at the
Buffalo Presbyterian Church in Buffalo with Rev. Judith Kim
Visitation held one hour prior to the service at the CHURCH.
And Friday evening 4-7 P.M. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, MN.
Interment will take place at Howard Lake Cemetery at a later date.

3 Guestbook Entries

  1. theresa henson

    I wish to express my deepest sympathy to the Painschab family. Though I only knew Irene for a little over 3 months, I consider it a great honor to have known her and cared for her. We will miss her spirit–her hugs and love of life. She was truly a special woman.

  2. Ivan Painschab

    I am praying for all of you. May you find the Lord’s Blessings somewhere amongst all this. Sorry I could not be there for you all.

  3. Tom & Linda Lindstrom

    We will always cherish the times we’ve had while visiting with Irene. We remember her long hugs and her enthusiasm for the welfare of other people. She and Leonard were formidable 500 opponents and were a loving Aunt and Uncle.


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