Irene A. Sekeras, 100, of Des Moines and formerly Fort Dodge, passed away Monday, July 27, 2020 at Ramsey Village in Des Moines.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 2:00 PM Thursday, July 30, 2020 at Corpus Christi Church in Fort Dodge. Burial will follow in Corpus Christi Cemetery.
Irene is survived by her children, Jacquelyne (Ron) Nelson of Oakhurst, TX and Debbie (Bob) Allen of Johnston; 4 granddaughters, Wendy (Mike) Steen of Buckeye, AZ, Jill (Dave) Goetz of Spring, TX and Kirstin Nelson (Wahlon O'Neal) of Pittsburg, KS and Jennifer (Cory) Siebert of Steamboat Springs, CO; and great-granddaughter, Hannah Goetz of Spring, TX.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Pauline (Lasko) Onderjka; husband, Ralph Sekeras in 2003; brothers, John and William Onderjka; and sister, Pauline Eggers.
Irene Anna Onderjka was born September 15, 1919 in Bridgeport, CT. As an infant her family moved to Fort Dodge. She attended Sacred Heart Schools and graduated in 1938. On June 30, 1941 she was united in marriage to Ralph Sekeras. Irene worked for 5 years at Tobin Packing Plant and then began raising her family. She started working part time at Sears in 1968 and worked there for over 40 years. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church and participated in Rosary Society as well as the Legion of Mary.
Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.
I too worked with Irene at Sears. Have only good memories of her. Glad to see some fellow Sears alum remember her too as sweet and kind. Sorry for your loss. Melanie (Seth) Wendell
So very sorry to hear of Irene’s passing. I worked with her for many years at Sears. She was always so kind, diligent and every inch the lady! I will always remember her with fond memories. Debi Gardini
I worked with Irene at Sears for many years. I always admired her because she always had a positive out look on life. Found memories. Karen B
Jackie and Debbie, so sorry that I could not make it to your Mom’s Mass today. She was a lovely lady, a lovely person. I started working part time at Sears in high school in 1967. Met your Mom the following year. She was a delight.
With sympathy, Barb Webster Fttzgerald
Dear Jackie and Family:
I am deeply sorry for your loss. I have so many memories of staying at your house on Friday nights playing the 45's and listening to the song, "26 Miles (Santa Catalina) - 1958 by The Four Preps.
Those are sweet sweet memories and your folks were always so nice to me. I think our dads probably
worked together for 35 or 40 years. I had hoped to visit with her in the near future after we all get the vaccine. I will miss her very much.
Love to you and yours,
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