Irene E. Utecht, 92, passed away Saturday, January 25, 2020, at Mary Lanning Healthcare, Hastings, NE.
Service is 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 31, at Zion Lutheran Church in Hastings with Pastor Paul Warneke officiating. Burial is in Parkview Cemetery, Hastings. Visitation will be Thursday, January 30, from 5-7 p.m. with family present at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Zion Lutheran Church.
Irene was born on January 5, 1928, to John & Clara (Gaukel) Knipfel in York, NE. Irene was raised in the York area and graduated from York High School. After she moved to Hastings, NE she worked for the LT&T Telephone Company. She married Duane Utecht on February 24, 1952, in Hastings. They farmed near Glenvil where she was a homemaker. Duane preceded her in death on October 6, 2005. Irene was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and Zion’s Ladies Aid in Hastings.
Irene was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Duane Utecht; brothers, Carl and Robert; sister, Vera McLain; and sister-in-law, June Knipfel.
Children & Spouses:
Michael & Jan Utecht – Hastings, NE
Kathryn & Roger Schouten – Rifle, CO
Mark & Marsha Utecht – Juniata, NE
Karen & Ken Shuck – Edgar, NE
Grandchildren, Spouses & Families:
Tanya & Derek Wayne
Paxton, Jordyn, and Christian – Overland Park, KS
Kalin Utecht – Lincoln, NE
Alijah Utecht, Norah Foster and Kyle Foster – Lincoln, NE
Daniel Schouten – Rifle, CO
Ruth Harrison – York, NE
Jackie Green – Hastings, NE
Numerous Nieces, Nephews & Cousins