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Irene J. Haverkamp

Seneca, KS

06/10/1924 - 08/04/2004

Irene J. Haverkamp, 80, of Seneca, KS, died early Wednesday morning, August 4, 2004, at Crestview Manor care home in Seneca.

She was born June 10, 1924, in Baileyville, the daughter of Aloy and Anna Krogman Reinecke. She attended Baileyville schools and earned her GED in 1976. Irene worked in Grand Island, NE, while her fiancé, Marcellus “Sally” Haverkamp, served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Irene and Marcellus were were married on April 24, 1946, at Sacred Heart Church in Baileyville. They farmed in the St. Benedict area and north of Seneca until 1955 when they moved to Seneca. She worked for Starlite Motel and in the Homemaker Program for the State of Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Services.

Irene and Marcellus celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1996. Marcellus preceded her in death on January 23, 2003.

She was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Church, St. Ann’s Altar Society, and volunteered at Sts. Peter & Paul Mission, all in Seneca.

Her hobbies included quilting, collecting antiques and dolls, canning, and fishing. She enjoyed summer vacations in the mountains of Colorado and Wyoming.

Survivors are a son, Eric Haverkamp of Seneca; two daughters, Mary Lee Sanders of Topeka and Jane Fields of Eagle, NE; two sisters, Josephine Altenhofen of Gardner and Angela Tangeman of Centralia; three brothers, Fred “Fritz” Reinecke of Centralia, Lou Reinecke of Seneca, and Tony Reinecke of Garden Grove, CA; seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Carl and Gene Reinecke; four sisters, Hilda Reinecke, Martha Stallbaumer, Mary Ann Reinecke, and Rose Reinecke; and a granddaughter, Robin Fields.

Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 AM Friday at Sts. Peter & Paul Church in Seneca. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in St. Benedict. Rosaries will be prayed at 2 & 7 PM Thursday at Lauer Funeral Home in Seneca.

Memorials may be given for Crestview Manor care home, and sent in care of the family.

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