Obituary: Irene Evelyn Spicer


July 15, 2022

Irene Evelyn Spicer of Springvale Township in Cambridge passed away July 6, 2022, surrounded by her family at her home, at the age of 92.

Irene was born Oct. 11, 1929, to Henry Paul and Mary Anna (Prochaska) Stasinowsky in Yarmouth, Maine. Irene graduated from North Yarmouth Academy in 1947 and continued her education at the Maine Eye and Ear Infirmary school of nursing, graduating in September of 1950. On Feb. 3, 1951, Irene was united in marriage to Willard “Louie” Spicer on the family homestead in Yarmouth. Because Louie was serving in the U.S. Navy, Irene lived with her mother until he was discharged in 1952.

Irene and Louie moved to Minnesota and made their home in Cloquet, where they raised their three children. Irene worked as a nurse in Duluth and Cloquet for many years, a job she deeply loved. After retiring in 1996, they purchased a home west of Cambridge. After Louie passed away Jan. 30, 2010, Irene continued to live at home until her passing.

In her youth in Maine, Irene was active in sports and a member of the Yarmouth Grange. She was very active in 4-H and was a leader for many years. Irene and Louie spent many winters in Delray Beach, Florida and summers at the cabin at Crane Lake. She loved fishing and camping. She and Louie would often drive more than an hour away to have lunch, with the country drives the best part of the day. She loved playing bingo, going to the casino and shopping. Irene loved music, especially the polka, “Whispering” Bill Anderson, and anything on “The Lawrence Welk Show.” She enjoyed watching game shows, with “Wheel of Fortune” being her favorite. Irene always had a soft spot for all the animals in her life and loved all her furry visitors. Most of all, Irene loved her family and the many special memories they made together. She will be dearly missed.

Irene is preceded in death by her parents, husband Louie, and her six older siblings. She leaves behind three children, Bonnie (James) Burdine, Michael (Joyce) and Timothy (Colleen) Spicer, all of Cambridge; eight grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter; brother Walter Stasinowsky of Auburn, California; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and special friends.

Visitation: 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Celebration of Life at the Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church, Pastor Julie Beck officiating. The service will be livestreamed to the Braham Lutheran Facebook page and available on the funeral home’s website for those who cannot attend in person. Memorials to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Disabled American Veterans are preferred.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Hamilton Funeral Homes–Rock Chapel in Braham.

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