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Irene Marie (Schank)  Willard, 76, passed away Wednesday, October 8, 2008 at The Methodist Sugarland  Hospital. Irene was born in Orchard, Texas toparents 

Ray and Julia Blahuta Schank.  She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Ernest Willard, her brother, Jerry  Schank and his wife Shirley, daughter, Janet Eder and her husband Mike, son,  Gary Willard and his wife Debbie, four grandchildren, Blake and his wife Krysti  and Brittany Eder and Amanda and Adam Willard, great grandchildren, Brooke and  Julian Eder plus many relatives.  

Irene was raised in the  town of Orchard and soon after graduation from Orchard High  School she married Ernest Willard on July 26, 1952 in Rosenberg. Ernest was  teaching school in Needville at the time. They lived there for about  5 years before moving to East Bernard. Irene was very active in the First United Methodist Church and she loved to cook, sew and work  in the yard. She was always canning fruits and vegetables from the garden that she and Ernest raised.  

Visitation was at the  First United Methodist Church, 421 Pietzsch, East Bernard, Texas 77435, on Friday,  October 10, 2008 from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. 

Funeral Services were held  at the First  United Methodist Church on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008 at  10 a.m. with the Rev. Michael Holcomb officiating. 

Interment was in the Methodist Cemetery in East  Bernard. 

The Family suggests that  Memorial donations be made to The First United Methodist  Church. 

Funeral Services are under  the direction of Knesek and Sons Funeral Home in Wallis, Texas.
Posted by Joy Neely


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