TAMA - Irene Lundt Shayer, 87, of Tama, passed away Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at Marshalltown Medical and Surgical Center. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 10:00 AM at Christ United Methodist Church Worship Center in Toledo with Pastor Brian Oliver officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Tama. Visitation will be held on Friday, September 20, 2013 from 5-7 PM at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama.
Irene was the daughter of Walter and Pearl (Leonard) Lundt. She was born on September 3, 1926 near, Elkport, Iowa in Clayton County. When Irene was five years old the family moved to Chelsea, Iowa where Mr. Lundt was a trucker, hauling rock for Tama County. In 1940, they moved to Traer where Irene attended high school graduating in the Class of 1944. After graduation, she worked at a defense plant in Waterloo, Iowa making gun covers for World War II.
On January 20, 1945, she was united in marriage to Gerald Shayer at the First Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. They celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary on January 20, 2013. They lived all of their married life in the Tama-Toledo area. Irene worked for the South Tama County School District as a secretary for twenty-four years, retiring in 1988. She was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church in Toledo, the Ruth Circle, and the Oak Hill Cemetery Association. Irene especially enjoyed spending time with her family, cooking and baking, and traveling.
Survivors include her husband, Gerald of Tama; two children, Christine (Quentin) McCune of Tama and Joel (Andrea) Shayer of Launceston, Tasmania; two granddaughters, Jill (Scott) Hiestand of Elk Grove Village, IL, and Jessica (Tom Jr.) Tesar of North Liberty; and three great-grandchildren, Emily and Brooke Hiestand, and Tripp Tesar.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Linda Ann; and a special cousin, June (Joe) Zittergruenlhm.
A memorial fund has been established.