Irene Pauline Sollman passed away on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, at age 96, at her home in Hood River, Ore. Irene was born July 10, 1914, in Creighton, Neb., to Robert Lee Mock and Minnie Mary Kyriss.
On Sept. 30, 1932, she married Paul Clarence Sollman Sr. at Pierce, Neb. They lived in Nebraska, Upper Peninsula Michigan, Illinois, Washington and Oregon.
While in Illinois Irene worked for Nesco. After moving to Oregon she worked for the cannery, Birds Eye Foods, in Hillsboro and sorted for Webster Packing Shed and Duckwall-Pooley in Hood River.
She was an active mother to 11 children, which included three sets of twins. She loved to crochet Christmas cards and sew her children’s clothes.
She was also a great cook and loved baby-sitting her grandkids.
Irene and Paul mowed lawns after retiring to keep active. She retired from mowing at the age of 85 years young after falling down and crushing her femur.
She loved her family and will be greatly missed. Irene is survived by her children: Paul Clarence Jr. (Tennie) Sollman, of Umatilla, Ore., Mark Dwayne (Mollie) Sollman, of Hope, Kansas, Donna Brogdon, of Jacksonville, Ill., Betty Blake, of Hood River, Ore., Doris Noyes, of Hood River, Ore., and Paula (David) Dorzab, of Hood River, Ore. She is also survived by more than 32 grandchildren, 62 great-grandchildren and 19 great-great-grandchildren.
Brothers Fred, George and Pete and sister Helen preceded Irene in death. In addition to her siblings, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Sr., sons William, Donald and Ronald and daughters Deloris and Pauline.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Heart of Hospice in care of Anderson’s Tribute Center. Public viewing was held Jan. 10. Irene will be laid to rest beside her husband, Paul, at Idlewilde Cemetery following the service. A celebration reception was held at the First Baptist Church of Odell.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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