Irene May Jantz, 93, died at Schowalter Villa on Tuesday, July 21, 2015.
Irene was born Jan. 5, 1922, to Philip and Louise (Wiebe) Schmidt on their farm in Harvey County near Walton.
After spending her early years living in California, they returned to their farm near Walton, where her mother (Louise) died when Irene was 10-years-old.
Irene entered grade school at District 57, in Highland Township, and later graduated from Walton high school.
After high school, Irene spent a time at Bethel College, after which she worked at Classen Investment and Loan, and at Hesston State Bank. She also spent some years working for the Harvey County Treasurers office, the County Superintendent, the Register of Deeds, and the County Engineer’s office.
Irene was married to Milferd Milton (Emil and Sarah) Jantz on September 23, 1951. They were blessed with one son, Kent K. Jantz, in 1953.
In October 1979, her husband Milferd was killed in a farming accident. She and her son Kent joined forces keeping the dairy operation going until it could be sold.
After Milferd’s death, Irene rejoined the work force in fall 1980, working full time at the Kansas Christian Home in Newton.
After she retired, she gave full attention to gardening, fishing, and church work at Walton Mennonite where she was a faithful member until it closed.
Irene was preceded in death by her parents, Louise K. and Philip Schmidt, her brother Ray Schmidt, and her husband Milferd Jantz.
Grieving her loss are; her children Kent and Rosie (Beachey) Jantz, Walton; her Schmidt nieces and nephew and their families in Colorado; her extended Schmidt and Jantz relatives; her Villa “family;” and her wonderful “Walton Ladies” who gathered for lunch for many years.
Family and friends are invited to share in a celebration of life service on Saturday, Aug. 29, at 9:30 a.m. at the Schowalter Villa Life Center in Hesston.
Memorials may be designated for the Schowalter Villa Good Samaritan Fund in care of Miller-Ott Funeral Home, Hesston.