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Irene H. Smestuen, 97, of Colfax, WI, died Monday, September 24, 2018, at her son’s home in Eau Claire under the care of Mayo Clinic Health System-Home Health & Hospice.

She was born on July 5, 1921, in Ridgeland, WI, a daughter of John and Clara (Gravernoen) Knutson.

Irene worked for Jerome Foods. She enjoyed reading, dancing, crocheting and quilting. Irene was a member of Colfax Lutheran Church and Ladies Aid.

Irene is survived by her children, Ronald Smestuen of Plano, TX, Marlys (Ron) Muszynski of Elk Mound, and John (Masaki) Smestuen of Eau Claire; ten grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sister, Norma Johnson; brothers, Gerhardt Knutson and Jerry (Sandy) Knutson; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her son, David Smestuen; parents; brothers, Richard, Ervin and Kenneth Knutson; sisters, Josie Ebling and Hazel Hartung; and various in-laws and friends.

Funeral Services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, 2018, at Colfax Lutheran Church, 601 River Street, with Pastor Leslie Walck officiating. Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, September 28, 2018, at Sampson Funeral Home, 1017 E. Railroad Avenue in Colfax and again one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in Colfax.

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