Irene E. (Wilcox) Ward

Born: Sun., May 17, 1936
Died: Fri., Apr. 19, 2013


2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Tue., Apr. 23, 2013
Location: Montpelier - East Main St.

Funeral Service

6:00 PM Tue., Apr. 23, 2013

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Irene E. Ward, 76, of Montpelier died early Friday morning at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  She was born on May 17, 1936 in Jackson, Michigan to Woodrow and Vivian (Wyatt) Wilcox.  She married Duane L. Ward on September 10, 1960 in Angola, Indiana, and he survives.

Irene retired from Powers and Sons in Montpelier.  She was a member of the Moose #312 Auxiliary, avid BINGO player, huge animal lover and was very involved with her family and loved them the most.

Irene is survived by her husband Duane, five children, Lois (Brent) Diffenbaugh of Quincy, Michigan, Lonn Laser of Hillsdale, Michigan, Annetta Davis of Osseo, Michigan, Michelle Ward of Montpelier and Duane "Sam" (Jamie) Ward Jr. of Montpelier; twenty grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren; two brothers Ralph (Shirley) Wilcox of Kentucky, Michael (Cindy) Wilcox of Jackson, Michigan; stepmother Margaret Wilcox of Montpelier; and a step sister Sharon (Bill) Tarr of Montpelier.

She was preceded in death by her parents Woodrow and Vivian Wilcox, daughter Lannette Laser and three grandsons.

Visitation for Irene will be on Tuesday, April 23rd from 2-6pm at the Thompson Funeral Home in Montpelier.  Services will follow at 6pm at the funeral home with Pastor John Rumple to officiate.  Donations may be made to the family to help with medical expenses.

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Art Carpenter
   Posted Sat April 20, 2013


Love and Faith from Art & Betty Carpenter

Joe Bohner
   Posted Sat April 20, 2013
Duane and Family, I was saddened to learn of Irene's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. We shared a lot of good times back in the good old days. I'm sorry I can't be with you, due to my disability, but I am able to share with you in your grief. God bless you!

Pam (Wagner) & Kenny Firestone
   Posted Sat April 20, 2013
Duane and Children, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I will always remember Irene and her laughter. She was always so full of life. May the Angels wrap their wings around each of you to give you comfort and Peace at this time. Know that Irene is above and always watching over all of you. Love to you all.

Michael Parson
   Posted Sat April 20, 2013
Was sorry to read where Irene passed away. My deepest sympathy to the entire family. May God bless you all at this difficult time.

Ruth Henney
   Posted Sat April 20, 2013
Duane and family,
So sorry to read of your lose. I know I will miss Irene and our visits at BINGO in Angola...Please accept our deepest sympathy. God Bless....
Ruth and Raymond Henney

Michael Cloyd
   Posted Sun April 21, 2013
Sorry for your loss. Your Mother was always good to me growing up. Sending our sympathy to you and your entire family during this time, God bless you and take care.
~M. Cloyd & Family

Rosemarie Schneider
   Posted Mon April 22, 2013

INDOOR GARDEN BASKET was sent by Rosemarie Schneider.

With deepest sympathy from Camden-Frontier Classmates: Shirley Rigelman, Donna Boyd, Shirley Hacker, Shirley Huffman, Dave Hutchins, Roger Hephner, Thelma Trueman, Velma Grogan, Lyle Hukill, Rosemarie Schneider

Laurie Miller
   Posted Mon April 22, 2013
James & family,
I am very sorry for your loss, we are thinking about you and your family at this time.

Linda Gonding
   Posted Mon April 22, 2013
We were sorry to hear about the passing of Irene. She will be welcomed by the loved ones that have preceded her. We have memories of good times together in Camden and Jackson at Grandma and Grandpa's home.
God Bless and comfort you wth cherished memories during your time of loss.
Sincerely, Linda Gonding (Howard) Daughter of Enid and Cousin to Irene

   Posted Wed April 24, 2013
My prayers are with all of the lives Irene touched, I only met Irene a couple of times ,my maternal great grandfather Ralph E. Wilcox was Irenes Grandfather, In this life family and the love we share lives on through memories, those we love do not go away , they walk beside us everyday.

Rhue Hunsicker
   Posted Thu April 25, 2013
Duane and Family: So sorry to read about Irenes passing. She and I had some good times together back in the days..I know she will be greatly missed

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