Irene Marie Ladner, 92, of Granite Falls, passed away at the Granite Falls Municipal Hospital, Monday, September 25, 2017, following a brief illness.

Visitation began at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, September 28th at the St. Andrew Catholic Church in Granite Falls followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 2:00 p.m. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Irene was born February 17, 1925 in Ghent, to Leo and Katherine Lerschen. On September 18, 1943 Irene and John Ladner were united in marriage in a ceremony held at the chapel on the grounds of the Presidio in San Francisco where John was stationed during World War II. Following the war they returned to Granite Falls where they would raise their children and become an integral part of Ladner’s True Value Hardware and the Granite Falls community.

In addition to working at the hardware store and raising their children, Irene and John enjoyed traveling the world. They often shared memories of their many adventures. Irene played in several bridge clubs and was well known as a fiercely competitive player. Her competitive nature also included the Minnesota Twins, with her and John betting $1 on every game. She loved to entertain family and friends and her home was always open. Every meal was an opportunity to celebrate family and friends. She was a lifelong member of St Andrew’s Catholic Church and enjoyed serving the parish in many ways.

Irene’s family brought her much joy. Irene is survived by her son Robert (Dolly) Ladner of Granite Falls; daughters Susan (Steven) London of Plymouth; Joan (Brent) Hughes of Plymouth; daughters-in-law Deb Ladner and Diane Ladner of Granite Falls. Grandchildren: Thomas (Hilda) Ladner, Anthony (Stephanie) Ladner, Anne (Tim) Lindig, Amanda Ladner, Kelly Krogstad, Peyton (Elizabeth) Hughes, and Alexa (Justin) Leeper; great grandchildren Julia and Alejandro Ladner, Adam Lindig and Brendan Krogstad.

Irene was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 72 years, John, parents Leo and Katherine Lerschen, infant daughter Jane Marie, son Steven Charles and four brothers and one sister.

Wing-Bain Funeral Home (www.wingbain.com) assisted the Ladner family with arrangements.