Irene was born June 1, 1922 to parents Albert August and Francis Elizabeth (Scharf) Abraham at the family’s home in the Boyd/ St. Leo area of Yellow Medicine County in Minnesota. She grew up on the family farm with her sister Ethel. Their mother passed away when Irene was only five years old and their dad raised both girls by himself. Irene was baptized and confirmed at the St. John’s Lutheran Church and attended German country school through the eighth grade.
Irene married Louis Loose Dec. 7, 1941 at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Omro. To this union eleven children were born; nine girls and two boys. Later Irene was united in marriage to Carnel Gibson Nov. 20, 1976 at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Mora.
Irene was a farm wife and mom who loved to cultivate corn and beans. She liked to cook, bake, garden, and sew on her Brunena sewing machine. Irene worked as a nursing assistant at the Kanabec hospital and the St. Croix Hospital. She worked at Nelson’s Variety and Ace Hardware in Mora. She also did waitressing in Mora and North Branch.
After retiring, Irene bought a Scamp camper and was a Campground Host at Lindberg State Park in Little Falls, Minn. for 14 summers. She loved that job the best. Irene loved to dance to old time music with her dancing friends until her arthritis wouldn’t let her anymore. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Her family would like to thank to Karen and Kathrene from Visiting Angels Living Assistance Service for all their help and support. Also to the Hospice Nurses and the Home Health Aide for giving our mom such good care. It was so nice to have such a good support team. Thank You All.
Irene is preceded in death by her parents; husband’s Louis Loose and Carnel Gibson; son Larry Loose; daughter Stella Rich; son-in-law Jay Kearns; grandson Johnny Christiansen; sister Ethel (Gerhardt) Riedger; and infant brother Lester.
She is survived by her children: Sharon (John) Strandlund of Cambridge, Joyce Bjork of Stillwater, Pamela (Bill) Lang of Andover, Darris (Connie) Loose of Brook Park, Susan (Tom) Kiesow of Stillwater, Rheeta Kearns of Forest Lake, Charlene McIlwain (Carl Hass) of Ogilvie, Brenda (Dominic) Ioffrida of Huntington Beach, Calif.; and Denise (Raymond) Christiansen of Hinckley, 26 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandson. Irene is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
A Memorial Service was held Friday, April 29, 2011 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora. Inurnment was in the Oakwood Cemetery of Mora. Arrangements were by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora.