Irene (Gansemer) Harms




Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, CO, September 8, 1993


Irene Harms of Haxtun was born on December 3, 1908 at Cortland, NE, the second daughter of Fred and Johanna Alberts Gansemer. She died August 30, 1993 at the age of 84 in Haxtun.


Her first nine years of life were spent on a farm near her birthplace. In 1917, the family moved to Paoli and built a home two miles north of town. She then attended Paoli grade and high school.


On October 20, 1925, she married John Herman Harms of Sterling, NE at the home of her parents. They lived on various farms south of Paoli; and then in 1931, after the death of her mother, the family moved back to her childhood home and resided there until 1986 when John and Irene moved to their present residence in Haxtun.


She was everything her family could have wished for in a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She loved to garden from which she canned countless jars of produce. She lavished much time on her flowers, especially the roses. She was a homemaker, seamstress and according to her family and friends, the best baker of cinnamon rolls there ever was.


She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband John in 1989, son Kenneth Gene and grandson Allen Ray.


She leaves to celebrate her memory children Virgil and wife Eloise of Paoli, Lorraine Green and husband Dewey of Sedgwick, Orville and wife Bonnie Jean of Boulder, Dennis and wife Donna of Imperial, NE and Janet Davis and husband Jim and Theresa Davis and husband Tom of Haxtun; sister Gladys Harms of Haxtun; her husband's brother and sisters Harm and Evalene Harms and Marie and Ben Parde of Sterling, NE and Margaret and Norman Huessman of Lincoln, NE; 21 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.


Services were Friday, September 3, 1993 at United Methodist Church in Haxtun with Rev. Thomas Cross officiating. Burial followed in Haxtun Cemetery.



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