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Irene Segelke

September 7, 1926 — January 9, 2023



Irene Segelke

Paullina, Iowa

            Funeral services for Irene Segelke, age 96, of Paullina who passed away on Monday, January 9, 2023 at Accura Care in Cherokee.  Her services will be 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 14, 2023 at the First Presbyterian Church in Paullina with Pastor Sheryl Puderbaugh, officiating.

            Burial will be at Waterman Cemetery in Sutherland.

            Visitation with family present will be from 10 A.M. Saturday until the time of service at the church.

            Arrangements are under the care of the Eldridge Family Funeral Home in Paullina.







September 7,1926

Glenham, South Dakota


January 9, 2023

Cherokee, Iowa



96 years               4 months                    2 days



11:00 A.M. Saturday, January 14, 2023

First Presbyterian Church; Paullina, Iowa

Pastor Sheryl Puderbaugh ~ Officiating



Pg 256 “ The Old Rugged Cross”

Pg. 107 “Amazing Grace”

Organist:  LaNan Eldridge



Michael Riedemann                         Grant Riedemann

James Hansen                                            Tom Mullins

Todd Egdorf                                                 Ron Segelke



Waterman Cemetery

Sutherland, Iowa


After today’s service relatives and friends are invited to join the family in the fellowship hall of the church.


Arrangements under the care of the

Eldridge Family Funeral Home Paullina, Iowa

     Irene Lavaune Segelke was born September 7, 1926 in Glenham, South Dakota to Otto and Nellie (Reekers) Pekelder. She was baptized on October 31, 1926. Irene moved from South Dakota with her family to Sutherland, Iowa at the age of 7. She went to country school, Waterman #1 east of Sutherland. She graduated from Sutherland High School in 1945. Irene was united in marriage to Burnelle S. Segelke on February 15, 1947. She spent her married life on the Segelke farm 2 miles west of Sutherland. In 1983, Burnelle passed away and Irene moved to Paullina in 1985. The last several months she had been a resident of Accura Care in Cherokee, Iowa, where she passed away on Monday, January 9, 2023.

     She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Paullina.  Irene loved dancing, playing cards, reading, crocheting, sewing quilts and loved her house plants. She crocheted many blankets for people.

     Left to cherish her memory is her brother, Gary Pekelder of South Sioux City, Nebraska; two daughters, Janet Becker (friend Bill Elliott) of Des Moines, Iowa; Judy (Dwane) Riedemann of Sutherland, Iowa; four grandchildren, Grant (Cheri) Riedemann; Michael (Hilary) Riedemann; Brooke (James) Hansen, Michelle (Tom) Mullins; nine great grandchildren, Christopher (Amanda), Alexa (Tyler), Gavin, Olivia, Sydney, Maya, Noah, Candence and Aisley; three great-great-grandchildren, Brooklyn, Maxwell and Kain, also many other relatives and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her husband, Burnelle, parents, Otto and Nellie, in laws, Harry and Nettie Segelke, three sisters, Esther Olson, Alice Fisiraro, Betty Martin, brother, Junior Pekelder, son-in-law, John Becker, granddaughter, Kimberly Sue Becker, two brothers-in-law, Donald Segelke and Gordon Segelke.

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