Irina Lafrenz, age 77, of Boone, Iowa, died Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames, Iowa.
Due to state and federal guidance on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family will not be having a public memorial at this time. A Celebration of Irina's Life will be held at a later date.
Nellie Irina Lafrenz was born December 19, 1942, in Davenport, Iowa, one of four daughters born to Olin DeWayne and Irene (Darrah) Laws. She graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1961. Irina was united in marriage to Marvin Lafrenz on February 10, 1963. The couple settled in the Long Grove and Eldridge area and was blessed with two children, Tim and Tish.
Irina worked as office manager for several doctors' offices over the years and, most recently, was employed as the "weed woman" for DMACC, where she utilized her green thumb by keeping the campus flower beds beautiful. In earlier years, she maintained a large vegetable garden, tended her flowers, managed Bingo games in Long Grove, and made numerous blankets for hospitalized children through the Linus Project. She was honored for her many years of service with the Boy Scouts of America. Irina and Marvin took great joy in their family and even followed their daughter's moves to help raise and nurture their grandchildren. Irina was a wonderful cook and will be remembered for her loving, giving nature. She constantly sought out ways to help others and often welcomed new friends with the invitation to "just call me Grandma."
She is survived by her husband, Marvin; a daughter, Tish Palmer of Boone; a daughter-in-law, Chris Lafrenz of Cedar Rapids; her father, Olin Laws of Bloomfield; eight grandchildren, Cory (Breanna Pollmeier) McDaniel of Davenport, Megan Martin of Lincoln, NE, Abbie (Dalton) Higgins of Stratford, Kinzee Epperly of Des Moines, Emma (Harrison Slagle) Martin of Ames, Cami Martin of Boone, Jenny Lafrenz of Cedar Rapids, and Mark Lafrenz of Cedar Rapids; seven great-grandchildren; three sisters, Carol (Donnie) Sines of Bloomfield, Terri (Louie) Miller of Bloomfield, and Chris (Jim) Fuller of Blue Grass; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family members.
She was preceded in death by her mother; and by her son, Tim Lafrenz.
Ames Monument & Cremation Center has been entrusted with the care of Irina and her family.
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I was blessed to have worked with Irina for a few years when I was younger, she was always full of love, laughter, and stories of her children and grandchildren. I always hoped to "bump into her" on my trips home. She was a beautiful and kind soul. My deepest sympathies are with you, her family. May God bless and keep you Irina, you will be very much missed.
Marvin and Tish, I am so sorry for your loss. My parents, Allan and Dorothy Fischer, thought so much of your family and Irina. I will be praying for your for peace and comfort in this time. Carol Davis
Condolences to her family. She was so proud of her family. And would have stories about them. Diane Whitson
Sorry for your loss at this timr
Bob and Therese Timmerman
Aunt Rina always had a smile on her face and a hug to give and if you left her house hungry that's your fault she always made sure you had a full belly ..... Love you Aunt Rina will miss you so much
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