Irene L. Hovey — Rochester


ROCHESTER — Funeral services for Irene L. Hovey, 90, of Rochester, formerly of Byron, will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 7, 2011, at Byron United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Sharon Nelson officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery in Hayfield.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, 2011, at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes in Rochester, and also one hour prior to the service Monday at the church.

Irene Lucille Hovey was born on March 16, 1920, in Byron, to George and Ethel (Ready) Distad. She died on March 2, 2011, at Sunrise Cottages in Rochester.

Irene attended Byron Schools and graduated from Hayfield High School. She married Phillip Hovey on Aug. 12, 1940, in Hayfield. The couple lived in Rochester and Hayfield and moved to Byron in 1956. Irene worked as a cook in the Byron schools and also worked with her husband as a custodian with the schools. She also was a rural Post-Bulletin carrier for more than 20 years in the Hayfield and Oslo areas. She has been a resident of Sunrise Cottages for the last three years.

Irene enjoyed sporting and family events, and cross word puzzles.


Survivors include her husband, Phillip of Rochester; her two daughters, Betty (Daniel) Ramthun of Goodhue and Bonnie (Maynard) Christenson of Rochester; her two sons, Kenneth Hovey (significant other, Linda Thomas) of Byron and Kevin Hovey of Rochester; eight grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; her sister, Evelyn Bauman of Hayfield, and her brother, Nordean (Elaine) Distad of Wabasha. She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant daughter, one brother, and one sister and brother-in-law.

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home, 5421 Royal Place N.W. Rochester, 507-289-3600

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