Irene Maertens

Irene Mary Maertens (Mercie)

Thursday, January 1st, 1931 - Monday, November 18th, 2019
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Mass of Christian Burial for Irene Maertens, 88, of Marshall, will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 23, 2019, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. with a CCW Rosary at 4:00 p.m. and a Parish Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. at Rehkamp Horvath Funeral Home in Marshall. Visitation will continue on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow the service at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

Lyon County’s New Year’s Baby, Irene, was born in rural Cottonwood on January 1, 1931, to August and Irma (Kons) Mercie. Irene grew up on a farm near Cottonwood and later her family moved to Marshall. Irene was married to Richard LeBeau in 1952; he passed away shortly after their marriage. On August 30, 1958, Irene married her husband of 55 years, Dick Maertens. They lived 35 years in Tracy, where they raised seven children. Dick and Irene enjoyed traveling with each other, with friends, and with family. If you knew Irene, she was five foot two in stature but “size doesn’t mean everything;” her strong Belgian heritage, quick wit, and humble personality stood on its own. She was highly admired by her family and had a unique relationship with each of them. When the kids came to visit, Gramma was always ready with a sucker, candy bar, or a can of pop!

Irene was fortunate to remain in her home following Dick’s death in 2013. During these years, she built a close relationship with her passionate in-home caretaker, Susan “Susie” Blair of Garvin.

Irene died on Monday, November 18, 2019, surrounded by family at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD.

She was preceded in death by her husbands Richard LeBeau and Richard “Dick” Maertens, parents August and Irma (Kons) Mercie, twin children Paul Maertens and Pamela (Maertens) Kelly, grandsons Jason Maertens and Martin Hill, great-grandson Luke Deutz, and siblings Joseph, Maurice (Agnes), Madeline (John) Kroger, Jerome (Celda), Gerard (Charlotte), and George (Frances).

Irene is survived by her children Steven (Mary) Maertens of Marshall, Teresa (Bradley) Mitteness of Ghent, Debra (Richard) Deutz of Ghent, John “Jack” (Lisa) Maertens of Chaska, and Sandra (Michael) O’Rourke of New Prague, and son-in-law Brian Kelly of Madison Lake, 25 grandchildren, two step grandchildren, and 35 great-grandchildren.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, November 22nd, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, November 22nd, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Rehkamp-Horvath Funeral Home - Marshall
    411 W. Lyon St.
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    CCW Rosary: 4:00 p.m. and Prayer Service: 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 22, 2019
  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
    Rehkamp-Horvath Funeral Home - Marshall
    411 W. Lyon St.
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    CCW Rosary: 4:00 p.m. and Prayer Service: 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 22, 2019
  • Service

    Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 | 10:30am
    Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 10:30am
    Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
    503 W. Lyon St.
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    Rev. Fr. Mark Steffl
  • Interment

    Calvary Catholic Cemetery -Marshall


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Anita Shikoski

Posted at 11:38am
My sympathy and prayers are with you at this sad time.
Anita (Blesener) Shikoski

Jeaneen Nelson

Posted at 02:01pm
Deepest sympathy to the Maertens family! We shared many years of friendship and cherish the memories. May God bring comfort and in time, peace that surpasses all understanding! Thoughts and prayers for all of you thru these times of grief!

Linda Mitteness & Judith Barker

Posted at 01:40pm
Teresa and Brad and extended family, Our prayers are with you in these coming months.
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Laurie Welu

Posted at 01:32pm
Tim & family, You all have my deepest sympathy, your Gramma sounds like a very special lady. May all your memories that you shared keep her alive in your hearts forever. God bless you with his comfort during this difficult time.

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