Irene (Hanning) Podoll was born to Theodore and Edith (Pickett) Hanning on June 28, 1920 in Reeder, ND. Her family moved to Fargo in 1932 and to Jamestown in 1935. She graduated from Jamestown High School, Jamestown College, and completed her graduate studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Irene moved back to North Dakota, where she taught mathematics, science, and vocal music at Lidgerwood High School for two years. She then took a position as a statistician with the North Dakota Research Foundation in Bismarck for five years.
Irene was united in marriage to William Podoll on June 5, 1949 in Jamestown. The couple moved to Valley City where she worked in the office of the North Dakota Teachers' Retirement Fund. They moved to the farm between Fullerton and LaMoure in 1953. For a time Irene worked in the law office of Roy Holand in LaMoure. She lived on the farm for 50 years before moving to LaMoure in 2004, residing at Grandview Heights and Rosewood Court. William passed away December 3, 2001.
Irene served as organist for her church congregation wherever she lived, and sang with or directed choirs since 1938. She sang and served as the assistant director of the "Megatones," a women's barbershop group in LaMoure. She and Bill loved to square dance. Irene was a member and elder of First Presbyterian Church in LaMoure and very active in Presbyterian Women. She retired as church organist in 2011, but continued her love of music-- singing and playing for "Sing-Alongs" at St. Rose Care Center and the Senior Citizens Center. In addition to music, she loved reading, crossword puzzles, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. She will be remembered for her devotion to our Lord and her family, her kindness, quick smile and laughter, helpfulness, and generosity with all her gifts and talents.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; her parents; and her sister, Lavon (Bill) Todd, Seattle, WA. She is survived by four sons: Donald (Candace), Adrian, ND, David (Ginger), Fullerton, ND, Michael (Amy), Marion, IA, and Daniel (Theresa), Fullerton, ND; one daughter, Marjorie (Marvin) Mangin, Verona, ND; seven grandchildren: Brandon (LaDean), Courtney, Ashley (Scott) Mathes, Andrea, Nicholas (Alicia), Erin (Jordan) Jangula, and Neil; one step-granddaughter, Brooke (Max) Buehler; seven great-grandchildren; and two step great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, June Podoll and Doraine Keller; brother-in law, Earl (Janice) Podoll; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. with a prayer service starting at 7:30 p.m. at Dahlstrom Funeral Home, LaMoure on Sunday, August 17, 2014. Her funeral service will be on Monday, August 18, 2014 starting at 2:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, LaMoure, with burial to follow at Rosehill Cemetery, LaMoure. An online guestbook may be signed at www.dahlstromfuneralhome.com