Irene Elaine Bantz of Osceola, died peacefully, surrounded by family, March 29, 2021, at her home. She was 82.

Irene was born Sept. 6, 1938, to Warren and Ella (Schmidt) Demulling at the farm house where she grew up. She would help her father on the farm, working in the fields with the horses and later learned how to drive a tractor. Irene helped her uncles farm as well, going back and forth to their farms. She attended a one room country school until the eighth grade where she then attended Osceola High School. In 1957, Irene met Bob Bantz, as he was stationed at the Air Force base close to where she was working at the time. On April 19, 1958, Irene and Bob were united in marriage. This marriage was blessed with six children.

Irene started working as a bookkeeper for a feed mill, she also worked for 3M for three years and then worked for Kroy Industries for 10 years. In 1990, she went to work for the ARC (Association Retreat Center), retiring from there.

Irene loved her flower gardens, sewing, making afghans and quilts. She especially enjoyed the time spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by many.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents, Warren (Ella) Demulling; daughter, Becky; grandson, Roy Donald White and sister, Helen (Travis) Lamb.

Irene is survived by her husband, Robert; children, Gale (Donna Hunt), Debbie (Roy) White, Robert (Peggy Leisch), Lori (Chuck) Koller and Dan (Allison) Bantz; 17 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; brothers, Marvin (Louis) and David (Kathy) Demulling and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Memorial services were April 5 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Osceola. Interment was in the Oak Grove Cemetery, East Farmington. Condolences may be expressed online at

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