Irma Kuennen, 81
Tue, 01/16/2018 - 9:36am admin
July 18, 1936 —
Jan. 9, 2018
Waucoma - Irma Clara Kuennen, age 81, of Waucoma, Iowa passed away Tuesday, Jan. 9 at home of natural causes.
Irma is being cremated, and a memorial service is being planned for later in the spring.
She was born July 18, 1936, on the way to the Decorah Hospital, to Edward and Clara (Hovorka) Tupy. She graduated from Ridgeway High School in 1954 and worked as a nurse’s aid at the New Hampton Hospital until a good looking guy caught her eye. Neil Kuennen and Irma were married on June 3, 1957. For the next 20 years, the couple owned and operated Neil and Irma’s Cafe in Waucoma. After that she worked at Wapsie Valley Produce in Decorah for 28 years.
Irma loved polka music, Elvis and watching the WWE with Neil. She always had a smile on her face and a welcoming heart.
Irma is survived by her husband of 60 years, Neil Kuennen; a daughter, Linda Burgart of Garner, Iowa; three sons, Ronald of Hawkeye, Iowa, Dennis (Tammy) of Denver, Iowa and Tim of Waucoma; seven grandchildren, Eric and Chad (Sarah) Burgart, Nicci Gilson, Jeremya and Brittany Kuennen and Kathryn and Kelly Kuennen; seven great-grandchildren, Damon Burgart, Mya, Macy and Miles Burgart, Mailee McKentyre, Carter Slawson and Aubrey Kuennen; a sister, Rita Drilling of Sandstone, Minn.; and a brother-in-law, Bernie Reicks of Cresco, Iowa.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Ruth Reicks; and a brother-in-law, Eugene Drilling.