In Memory of

Irene Elizabeth Bortscheller

May 18, 1916 - July 25, 2014
Irene Elizabeth Bortscheller, the daughter of Fred and Matilda (Wilberding) Rupp, was born May 18, 1916, in Cherokee, Iowa. Her childhood years were spent near Maryhill where she attended Visitation School. She graduated from Immaculate Conception Catholic High School. She then attended junior college in Cherokee for two years where she earned her associates degree. She worked for the ASC office for four years. On September 2, 1940, Irene was united in marriage to Claude H. Bortscheller at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee, IA. Following their marriage they lived in the Oyens area where they farmed until moving to Marcus where they farmed until their retirement in 1981. Irene was an active member of the Holy Name Catholic Church. Faith was a major part of Irene's life and it was evident with the values and beliefs she passed on to her children. Irene and Claude's first priority was their family. She enjoyed being a homemaker where she cooked, cleaned, and cared for their 9 children. On July 25, 2014, Irene passed away at the Heartland Care Center in Marcus at the age of 98. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Claude Bortscheller in 2006; and siblings; Leo, Walt, Don, Fred, Laura, Eleanor, Marie. She will be lovingly remembered by her nine children: Doug and his wife, Sharon of Burnsville, MN, Winnie Vourvoulias and her husband, George of Green Lake, WI, Tom and his wife, Kathy of Granville, IA, Philip and his wife, Judith of Shorewood, MN, Ann Guntzel and her husband, Tim of Golden Valley, MN, Mike and his wife, Deb of Sioux Falls, SD, Nora Beelner and her husband, Pat of Boulder, CO, Joan Harte and her husband, Buck of Brandon, SD, and Lisa Tibbetts and her husband, Ed of Davenport, IA; 28 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; one brother, Leroy Rupp and his wife Bonnie of Cherokee, IA; three sisters, Mary O'Leary and husband, John of Storm Lake, IA, Shirley Sims and her husband Rudy of Schaller, IA, Norma Clark of Cherokee, IA; one sister-in-law, Joan Rupp of Sioux City, IA; and many nieces; nephews; other relatives; and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at the Holy Name Catholic Church in Marcus.
Father Dan Guenther
Mary Moore Anne Schwagerl Alyssa Cattanach Anita Morgan Susan Bortscheller Sara Bortscheller Caryn Scharff Meg Champine Abi Aronson Claire Irene Tibbets
Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Monday evening at the church with the family present during that time. There will be a 7:00 P.M. Monday night at the church.
Holy Name Catholic Cemetery Marcus, Iowa


Monday, August 11, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“What a wonderful role mother your mother was to me and many others. I loved visiting your farm and observing your mother in action: her gentleness, her sense of humor, her wonderful cooking, and her willingness to set another place at the table! Ann and I had wonderful adventures together as preteens and teenagers. I am certain your mother passed her love of family on to all of her beautiful children. Love and prayers to all.”
- Frannie Alesch Blasberg
Monday, July 28, 2014 at 12:00 AM

I will remember Irene as the gracious, beautiful woman she was: ALWAYS. Her smile was immediate and her friendship as a neighbor treasured. God Bless her. ”
- Diane Schmillen
Monday, July 28, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Lisa and Ed and family,
Just want you to know we are all thinking of you back here.
Jen and John ”
- Jennifer J. DeWitt
Monday, July 28, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“My prayers are with you and your family during your loss of mom,grandmother to all. Hoping her wonderful life has shared many memories to carry you through this difficult time. Tracey D. (Mckennan Coworker) ”
- Tracey Domangue
Monday, July 28, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“The thoughts and prayers of my wife and I are with you. It's clear that Irene's life was one well-lived and blessed with a large and loving family that includes Lisa and Ed and their children. ”
- Craig Brown and Connie Lannan
Monday, July 28, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“It's sad of course but what a great long life. So glad you were able to get up to Marcus recently for a visit. Our thoughts are with you and the rest of the family. ”
- John and Michele Martin
Monday, July 28, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“I have heard that Irene felt she was blessed with her family and I know that you all were blessed to have Irene as your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you celebrate her life and our hope is that you can only smile when your thoughts return to her.”
- Kathy and Gary LeLoup
Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“sorry to hear of your loss,although I didn't know her very well she was a wonderful person. she will be missed.”
- mildred
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