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Irene Bernice Sperling - July 04, 2010


Irene Bernice Sperling, 86, of Newton, Kan. died Sunday, July 4, 2010 at the Newton Medical Center.
She was born on Dec. 1, 1923 in Fairbury, Neb., the daughter of Peter R. and Anna Thiessen Harms. She graduated from high school in Paxton, Neb. in 1942 and later attended Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kan.
Irene married Menno M. Sperling on June 14, 1946 at the Mennonite Brethren Church near Paxton. They moved to Newton where they lived for one year until moving to rural Harvey County, Kan. to farm. Upon retirement, they returned to Newton.
Irene was baptized in 1933. She had been a member of the Garden Mennonite Church of Hesston, Kan., First Mennonite Church of Newton and more recently Grace Community Church of Newton.
Irene taught elementary school for three years near Madrid and Paxton. In 1966 she began working at the Halstead Hospital in Halstead, Kan. and later in Newton at Bethel Hospital, retiring in 1988.
Survivors include sons Randall Lee and wife LaVon Sperling of Lincoln, Neb. and Delbert Wayne and wife Kathy Sperling of Grant, Neb.; daughter Jane Ann and husband Lester Busenitz of rural Newton; brothers Melvin Harms of Dallas, Ore., Merlin Harms of Grant, Eldon Harms of Madrid, Dale Harms of Arkansas City, Kan. and Jerry Harms of Madrid.; nine grandchildren Charlotte Norris, Greg Busenitz, Sheila Crocivera, Chad Busenitz, Marcy Ranfeld, Ryan Sperling, Jodi Flanagan, Monica Voss and Tonya Jolly; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Irene is preceded in death by her parents; her husband on June 29, 1994 and two brothers Herb and Lee Harms.
Memorial services were held July 8, 2010 at the Grace Community Church in Newton. Burial was in the Garden Church Cemetery north of Halstead.
A memorial has been established with the library at Grace Community Church. Contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, KS 67114.
Broadway Colonial Funeral Home of Newton was in charge of arrangements.