Irene I. Springer, 86, of Crown, died Wednesday, March 30, 2011.
She was born Feb. 8, 1925, in Anoka County and graduated from St. Francis High School.
In 1943, she married Walter Springer and made her life on the Springer family farm in Crown. As a farm wife, Mrs. Springer was made famous by her family and friends for her dill pickles; a jar, once opened, was soon emptied.
After her children were in school, she worked for Volunteers of America for 16 years in a supervisory position at a residential treatment center. Later she worked for 10 years as a volunteer part-time secretary at her church. She also served as the Stanford Township treasurer and as president of her local seniors organization. Mrs. Springer was a short-time resident of Guardian Angels of Elk River.
She believed in sharing whatever she could and invited homeless boys to spend a holiday with her family, housed a German exchange student, and participated in many other volunteer activities for her church. She was a lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church of Crown.
She enjoyed knitting afghans, making quilts, crocheting, embroidering, Bible study, crossword puzzles and, above all, any card game.
Her funeral service was Saturday, April 2 at Zion Lutheran Church of Crown. Arrangements were made by Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cambridge.
She is survived by daughters, Nancy Lytle of Apple Valley and Diane of St. Petersburg, Fla.; son Randy (Judy) of Crown; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.
Mrs. Springer was preceded in death by her husband, Walter; son Steven; two brothers and two sisters.