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Irene Clara (Schroeder) Carl 1916 - 2011
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OAK LAWN, Ill. — Irene Clara (Schroeder) Carl, 94, died Feb. 14 at Manor Care at Oak Lawn West, Ill. She was born Oct. 3, 1916, at Barton County, the daughter of Henry J. and Clara Frances (Geil) Schroeder. She married Ralph E. "Pete" Carl on July 6, 1943, at Albert. He died Oct. 15, 1975. She worked for Burlington Overall Factory as a seamstress. A Great Bend resident since 1977, coming from Chanute, she moved to Oak Lawn in 2005.

Mrs. Carl was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Silver and Gold Club and RSVP, all of Great Bend.

Survivors include one son, Melvin Schroeder and wife Karen of Oak Lawn, Ill.; four grandchildren, Lynda Stencel and husband Edward, Suzanne Schroeder, Timothy Schroeder and wife Diane, and Nanci Griffin and husband Jason; three great-grandchildren, Brian Teal and wife Erika, Veronica Schroeder and Mitchell Schroeder; and one great-great-grandchild, Kailyn Teal. She was preceded in death by one brother, Alfred Schroeder; and two sisters, Louise Bowyer and Helen Schroeder.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Great Bend, with the Rev. James A. Strasen officiating. Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Park in Chanute. Visitation will be from 1-9 p.m. Thursday at Bryant Funeral Home in Great Bend, with family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church, in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at

Funeral arrangements provided by

Byrant Funeral Home*

1425 Patton Road

Great Bend, KS 67530

(620) 793-3525

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Feb. 15, 2011