A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, July 20, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Elmdale, with Father John Odero officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Irene Isabelle Jelinski was born March 29, 1916, in Swan River Township, Morrison County, to the late John and Helen (Yourczek) Jelinski. She graduated from Little Falls High School in 1933 and from the Little Falls Teachers Training Department in 1934. She married John Maciej April 20, 1938, in Sobieski. The couple welcomed their only child, Roswell Maciej Nov. 14, 1942. John died June 10, 1977. Irene married Samuel Maciey June 16, 1990, and he passed away May 1, 1995. She taught in the rural schools of Morrison County for 15 years. Irene was the assessor of Swan River Township and also was a certified assessor of Swan River and Sobieski. She was the clerk of District #35 and the first secretary of the Morrison County School Officers Association. Irene was a bookkeeper for the Elmdale Creamery for 26 years. She had her own income tax service for many years. She and her husband had a truck farm and also raised bedding and houseplants. She was a member of the Elmdale Birthday Club, St. Monica’s Mission Group and the Rosary Society of St. Edward’s Church. Irene was an active participant for the 1st Rural School House, which is at the Morrison County Fairgrounds. She enjoyed fishing, camping, playing cards, traveling, reading, gardening, feeding the birds, visiting with her grandchildren and other family members.
Left to cherish her memory are her brothers, Wilfred and Ralph Jelinski; sisters, Dolores Stanek and Mildred Motes; daughter-in-law, Helen Maciej of Little Falls; grandchildren, Diane (Neal) Davis of Twin Brooks, S.D., Michelle (Paul) Syring of Walcott, N.D., Sharon (Karl) Norvell of Milaca, Gregory (Carol) Maciej of Pequot Lakes, Gerald (Tonia) Maciej of Foley, Edward (Misty) Maciej of Verndale and David Maciej of Little Falls and many great- and great-great-grandchildren; step-children, James Maciey, Kathleen Ebert, Patricia Sauer and many stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, John Maciej and Samuel Maciey; son, Roswell Maciej; infant brother, Gerard Jelinski; brother, Arthur Jelinski and sister, Bernadine Woltman.
Emblom-Brenny Funeral Home