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Official Obituary of

Irene Marie (Schmedeke) Wattjes

April 8, 1940 ~ March 2, 2024 (age 83) 83 Years Old

Irene Wattjes Obituary

Irene Marie Wattjes, 83, of Tuscola, IL and formerly of Nokomis, IL passed away Saturday, March 2nd at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon, IL. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt.

Visitation for Irene Marie Wattjes will be Saturday, March 9, 2024 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM at St. Paul's Lutheran Chuch, 22009 East 19th Road, Nokomis, IL.  Funeral services will follow at the church with Pastor Christen Prumm and Reverend Jason Braaten officiating.  Burial will follow at St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery.

Irene was the eldest daughter of the late Herbert and Temple Schmedeke of Harvel, IL. She was born in Hillsboro, IL on April 8th, 1940.

Irene was raised on the Schmedeke family farm in Harvel, IL. She was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church of Harvel on May 12th, 1940, and she was later confirmed on April 11th, 1954. Irene and Harold I. Wattjes were joined in holy matrimony on November 12th, 1959, and they celebrated 56 years of marriage together. Irene was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church congregation and Ladies Aid of Tuscola, IL. She was also known for her service as the President of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML).

Irene worked at St. Paul’s Lutheran School for 6 years as a cook, and after her and her husband relocated to Tuscola, she later worked at Monical’s in Tuscola for 13 years until she retired in 2007. She loved baking sweets, playing cards, collecting salt and pepper shakers and magnets wherever her and Harold traveled together.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Harold, and her daughter Rita A. Wattjes of Tuscola, IL and formerly Nokomis, IL.

She is survived by her youngest son Dennis and daughter-in-law Paula Wattjes, granddaughters Alesia (Michael) Haslett and Rebecca Wattjes all of Nokomis and Witt, IL, and eldest son Darrell and daughter-in-law Michelle Wattjes, grandchildren: Dawn (Richard) Tungate, Michael Wattjes, and Heather Alarcon Wattjes, as well as, great grandchildren Destiny and Ethan all of Columbus, IN.

She is also survived by brother Don (Karen) Schmedeke, sister Janet Bergman, sister-in-law Glinda Klim, and many nieces and nephews.

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March 9, 2024

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
St. Pauls Lutheran Church
22009 East 19th Road
Nokomis, IL 62075

Funeral Service
March 9, 2024

3:00 PM
St. Paul s Lutheran Church

Graveside Service
March 9, 2024

4:00 PM
St. Pauls Lutheran Cemetery

Nokomis, IL 62075


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