Irene Weis

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Date of Birth:
Friday, March 27, 1925
Date of Death:
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Age:
95 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Friday, March 27, 1925
Date of Death:
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Age:
95 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Friday, March 27, 1925
Date of Death:
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Age:
95 years old

Irene Weis

Dorothy “Irene” Weis passed away peacefully on January 12, 2021 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester at the age of 95.

Dorothy “Irene” Ryan was born on March 27, 1925 in Platte, South Dakota. She attended grade school in St. Peter, Minnesota and graduated from Cleveland High School, Cleveland, MN. After graduation, she attended Northwest Aeronautical Institute and was employed by Northwest Airlines at Holman Airfield, B-24 Bomber Modification, St. Paul, MN. The original “Rosie the Riveter”.

In 1948 Irene graduated from St. Mary’s School of Nursing, Rochester, MN. She was employed as an R.N. at St. Mary’s until her retirement in 1990. Her professional associates honored her with the Karis Award in 1989.

She was a member of St. Marys Alumni Association, St. Gabriel’s CCW, St. Francis of Assisi Parish, and Rochester World Mission. Irene loved nature, especially wildflower and agate hikes and watching birds. She was an accomplished card player (shark!). She had an Irish twinkle in her eye and was loved by all who knew her.

Four daughters survive: Susan Weis,  Bishop, CA, Diane Weis, Rochester, MN, Carol Weis (Dave Nicholson), Maple Lake, MN, and Mary (Paul) Nordeen, Walker, MN; grandchild Kory (Abby) Nordeen and great-granddaughter Addie Nordeen.

Irene’s husband, Linus Weis died in April of 2003. Her parents, two brothers and one sister also preceded her in death.

A Private Memorial Mass for Irene will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Rochester. A public celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Memorials are preferred to Rochester Medical Mission (care of Diane Wagner), Quarry Hill Nature Center, or Oxbow Park.

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To Mary and the Weis Family,


After reading all the nice things and accomplishments of your mother Irene, I feel even closer to your family.  My mother, Frances Carlin, was Irish; and my dad, Joseph Weis, was German/Luxembourg.  I wish that I had met your mother.


My prayers are for all of you,


Lois (Weis) Stearly, Palm Bay, Florida

My sincere condolences to the Weis family, Dorothy will be missed and know that you will all be in my prayers


Joe Powers 

My deepest sympathy to the Weis family on this sad occasion.  Knowing and getting to work with Irene was one of the best experiences of my life.  Her combination of competence and compassion were second to none.  As a nurse in the float pool at Saint Marys Irene could handle any assignment from ICU to ER to general floor nursing.  My good fortune was to work with her in the ER and when she was assigned as our float we were always overjoyed to work with her.  She was such fun as well.  The obituary mentions her Irish twinkle and being loved by everyone she met.  Truer words were never written.  This world is a much less kind place without her.


May you all be sustained in your grief by your memories of this most remarkable woman.


Char Carey

Oh Irene! Dear Irene! 💖 


Irene and I worked together at St Mary's  hospital and I met her working on the float pool together. She was so special, and such a caring, compassionate nurse; but she also extended that warmth to her coworkers. 


My youngest son was diagnosised with a brain tumor in 1990, and your mom never missed a moment to ask how he was doing, during treatment and the years following. And maybe even more importantly,  asked how I was doing, but never settled for a pat answer, but really wanted to know and listened, and waited for real answers.


As a nurse, she so clearly role modelled what an explerary nurse was. Her time away from her family during her nursing shifts, she loved and cared for so many.


Irene will always have a very special place in my heart and never be forgotten.


God bless her memories and her legacy,


Sandi

Dear Sue, Diane, Carol, and Mary


My most vivid memories of your mom come from our summer vacations together at Kee-Nee-Moo-Sha resort on Woman Lake. I recall one episode during the summer before I was to start first grade and I couldn't stop talking about my worries of how hard it was going to be and that I was going to fail and so on. Your mom must have thought that my crisis was hilarious but she took my problem seriously and was so positive and assured me that first grade would be fine and it was. In your mom's presence I felt love and genuine concern. She was such a dear friend to my parents. I am thankful and blessed to have known her. 


Peter Hanson    

My prayers and deepest sympathy on your loss. What a wonderful life to celebrate and remember.


Mary Bruns Pyfferoen 


 

So very sorry to hear of Irene passing. She was my favorite Godmother and private nurse as a child, and believe me I needed her a lot. As an adult I still enjoyed stopping by for a visit. She  had a way of making a person glad they stopped by either her coffee or her pleasant laugh. She will definitely be missed. Diane thank you so much for being around the house and looking out for your ma the way you did! Love ya all ! 

To the Family of Irene Weis,


I just wanted to share some memories of working as a nurse with your Mom. She was so delightful and when she came, as a float nurse, to work in our intensive care unit, I was so relieved to have her help. This was a difficult job, floating all over St. Mary's Hospital to work in so many specialty areas. She was very intelligent, caring and competent, and always so kind to patients. Although it has been many years since we worked together, when I saw her picture in the paper it brought back so many fond memories of her. I'm very sorry for your loss. Please accept my sympathy.


Warmly,


Mary Oney


 

Deepest condolences to Diane and all the Weis family on the loss of this wonderful lady...Irene was a outstanding nurse,her kindness,wisdom,and wonderful and caring made her a outstanding nurse and she touched many lives..... Heaven gained a angel .....my thoughts and prayers are with you all....                   Theresa Eipers

Such a sweet, pleasant lady!  I feel fortunate to have known her.  All family members have my deepest sympathy.


Penny Ryno

Deepest condolences to Diane and all the Weis family on the loss of this wonderful woman. Irene was one of the first nurses I met when I started working at Mayo in 1983 and through all my years at the Clinic she continues to be one of the best. Her kindness, wisdom and wonderful personality made her a standout RN among many and a true asset to the nursing profession. Even though I had not seen her in many years, learning of her death brought back great memories of a life well lived. Again, my sincere sympathy to the family of this kind and decent soul who touched the lives of so many. 

I became neighbors with Irene in 2009 and we hit it off from the start! I enjoyed spending time with her discussing our passions for Nursing, old northeastern Rochester neighborhood trees, and flowers! When I told her Irene I was having my son, she was so excited and completely supported my decision to be a single mom, and she so enjoyed watching him grow! Although we moved when my son was a little over one year old, we stayed in touch as were able to visit a few times a year. My 7 year old fondly remembers “stealing” chocolates from her candy dish, and that she always had cookies and milk when we visited. Irene has sent him birthday card to celebrate their birthday month in March, in the past years he has come to look forward to this card! 
I miss her twinkling eyes already and will cherish my memories. Blessed be the memory of Irene! 

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.  I was so fortunate to have worked with Irene at St. Mary's Hospital.  Irene was a float RN when I first met her.  Irene would float to our floor and we were always very happy to see her come to help us out.  She always had a smile on her face and always remained calm and cool during stressful times.  Irene was someone that you just wanted to give a hug to.  After reading Irene's obituary, I learned what a full life she had with lots of caring experiences.  May her soul be in heaven reunited with her husband.  May you always feel her presence.

I loved her. She lived along time after her husband passed. They always shopped at Cub Foods, he always liked to pick others, and I'm sure she was  Embarrassed by him sometimes. He was as sweet as she was. I worked at Cub Foods for 25 years. I loved them.  Angels 😇 are watching over you now.

 


Dear Sue,  Diane, Carol and Mary.


So so sad and so ironic.  Just yesterday I was again gazing at the picture of Irene from her 95th birthday. Such a beautiful smile and chuckle she had.  I smiled as I could just hear that chuckle.  I reflected on the many many wonderful memories of years ago... and wished again to sit with her and reminiss. Sadly it can't happen now.   She and your dad, truly were a special couple.  It's comforting to think of them reunited now.  What a great leagacy for you girls, Bless you for  the love you gave to your mom.  Bless you as you continue to honor your parents in your saddness and joy for the lives they lived.   mary weivoda wilson

Sue, Carol, Diane and Mary,


I was so saddened by this news. Your mom was such a beautiful person, with a very memorable laugh and smile. That’s how I will always remember her.  That and her love of the outdoors, canoeing, picking blueberries and fishing. She used to sign her letters to me, “Your Country Friend,” because I said to her that the nicest people I knew grew up in the country. She was truly that, and I will miss her. 
-Katie (Hanson)

God has taken home a good one! We had so much fun working on the St. Francis Annual Rummage Sale with Irene. She was always so cheerful, friendly and just too cute! She mostly sorted and arranged books, in a very proficient manner. Enjoy your memories. Remember to giggle and laugh at her antics along with your tears of sadness. Love, Hugs & Prayers from Nancy & Tom

Diane, Carol, Mary and Sue,


 I was so saddened to hear about the loss of Rene. We all loved her sunny personality, big smile and laugh. I have so many good memories of times at Kee-Nee Moo Sha and my parents cabin with your family. Life was lived fully by Rene.


Rene was such a lovely and loving lady. Big hugs to all of you ❤️. She will be missed. 

Diane, Carol, Mary and Sue,


 I was so saddened to hear about the loss of Rene. We all loved her sunny personality, big smile and laugh. I have so many good memories of times at Kee-Nee Moo Sha and my parents cabin with your family. Life was lived fully by Rene.


Rene was such a lovely and loving lady. Big hugs to all of you ❤️. She will be missed. 

Carol and family - I was so saddened to see that you lost your mom!  She was the kindest, sweetest lady.  I know you will all miss her.  It is comforting to think she is now with your dad.  She lived a lot of years without him. Please know I am thinking of all of you - and Carol - especially thinking of you.  I have such fond memories of you in high school - and of course remember your mom during those years. God Bless you and your families.


Take care, Mary Macken Garry


 

Dear Weis Family- You are all in my thoughts and  prayers during this really tough time. I loved Irene Weis like a second mom. She was always there for us. I always enjoyed your family as great neighbors. May God bless and give you peace. Rest in peace dear Irene. Love and blessings to you all! Jeanne

I learnt about her career in the health sector as a nurse for 42 years when my family travelled to  Minnesota in November 2018. She loved meeting people. Such a sweet lady who let me us with a few blessed memories. 


We empathize with our family in Minnesota for the loss of our dear grandma Irene. Please have our condolences. May the good lord comfort and give everyone  a perfect peace during this time. May her sweet soul rest in perfect peace.