October 4,1923-June 1,2021
Irene passed into the presence of her lord and savior, Jesus Christ at the age of 97 on June 1, 2021 at her home with family by her side.
Irene was born to Emma and Joe Riniker in North Buena Vista, Iowa
Irene is survived by 3 siblings: Bob Riniker, Rosemary (Russ) Allen, Jean (Don) McGuire and her children: James Curtis, Cindy(Charles) Wilson; Step children: Diana Gerlach, Lin Sobkowiak, Peggy Jorstad, David Sobkowiak, Mark Sobkowiak, Susan Harkness, Peter Sobkowiak. 30 grandchildren, 45 great grandchildren, and 14 great great grandchildren.
Irene was preceded in death by her husband, James Sobkowiak; her parents, Emma and Joe Riniker; 4 siblings, Marie Wagner, Anna Mae Riley, Ray Riniker, and Earl Riniker.
Irene loved her home, going to the Casino, and playing Euchre with her brother and sisters.
Irene’s family would like to thank the neighbors on each side of the house: John Helrich and John Maxwell
A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at St. James the Less Catholic Church, 1032 Caledonia St., La Crosse, WI with visitation from 10:00 am until the time of the mass. A private family burial will follow. Luncheon will be at Castaways on French Island, 131 Clinton St.