Irene White worked as ‘domestic engineer’
Celebration of Life services for Irene Viola White, 94, of Selby, were held Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at St. John Lutheran Church in Selby. Interment will be at Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Irene died Sept. 29, 2013, at Selby Good Samaritan Center with her children, Nancy, Bob and Tom and their families at her side.
Irene, the daughter of William and Emma (Dienert) Kluckman, was born on March 6, 1919, in Glenham. She attended grade school in Pollock and Mound City and graduated from Herreid High School in 1936.
She taught first through eighth grade at the Hinzman School for three years. She then ventured to California and worked as a nanny for a summer. She returned to Mound City and worked in the county extension office for two years. In January of 1944, she began working at a bank in Mobridge until she received word from Hartson that he was coming home from the South Pacific and she should give her notice because they were getting married.
Hartson and Irene were married on Nov. 24, 1944, in Mound City. Following their marriage, they lived in Leavenworth, Kan., until Hartson’s discharge in August of 1945.
Hartson and Irene moved to Selby in November of 1945, where she worked as a “domestic engineer.”
Following Harston’s retirement in 1982, they enjoyed more than 20 years of winter months in Arizona.
Irene was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, the Lutheran Women’s Circle, and taught Sunday school for more than 30 years. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for more than 60 years and a faithful volunteer at the Selby Good Samaritan Center since 1967.
Irene is survived by her daughter, Nancy (Marvin) Kindel of Selby; sons, Robert (Lani) White of Rapid City and Thomas (Renee) White of Grenville. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Greg (Rhonda) Stroh, Bryan Stroh, Heather (Jeremy) Jackson, Shawn Stroh, Taylor White and Karns White; five great-grandchildren; and one brother, Harlan Kluckman.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Hartson, and a sister, Lucille Werner.