Akkerman-Ingebrand • Mora, MN

Rock-Ingebrand • Braham, MN

Mora, MN • 320-679-1933

Braham, MN • 320-396-2121



Irene Babcock, of North Branch, formerly of Stanchfield, passed away on Monday, December 12, 2016 at the Ecumen Assisted Living in North Branch.  She was 94 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at the Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church with Rev. Rich Chronis officiating..

VISITATION will be from 4:00-7:00 pm on Monday, December 19th at the Rock Ingebrand Funeral home in Braham and 1 hour prior to the service at the church.

INTERMENT will be in the Rice Lake Cemetery in Braham.

MEMORIALS are preferred to the Braham Ev. Lutheran Church.

Irene Luella (Witt) Babcock, passed away on Monday, December 12, 2016 at the Ecumen Assisted Living in North Branch, Minnesota. She was 94 years old.

Irene was born on June 16, 1922, the daughter of Edward and Blanche (Gipson) Witt in Markville, MN. She attended her first 8 years of school in Markville and went on to high school at Cloverton High School. She graduated in 1941 as valedictorian of her class. During the summer months, she worked babysitting jobs and also at a summer resort on Webb Lake in Wisconsin.

On October 25, 1941 she married Melvin Babcock of Markville. They lived in Baraboo, WI and Superior, WI before moving back to Markville. Their first 3 children, Gary, Diane and Dean were born in Markville. In 1949 the family moved to Sandstone and their fourth child Lonny was born.

Irene and the family belonged to Grace Lutheran Church in Sandstone, where she was a Sunday School teacher and very active in the women’s church organizations. In 1959, the family moved to Stanchfield, where the youngest child, Daniel was born. The family joined the Braham Lutheran Church and Irene taught Sunday School and was also financial secretary and treasurer for the Sunday School. She was very active in the women’s organizations at the church as well.

At home in Stanchfield, Irene enjoyed gardening, canning, bird watching, family reunions and many family activities. She greatly enjoyed music. She was very musically inclined, and learned and played the ukulele, guitar and piano without ever having a lesson. Family, friends and Jesus were always the most important thing in Irene’s life, and it showed.

When Irene’ s health began to decline, she enjoyed living at Elmhurst Commons in Braham for several years before joining Mel at the Ecumen Assisted Living in North Branch. After Melvin’s death in 2014, Irene continued to enjoyed the friendships with the staff and residents at Ecumen.

Irene is preceded in death by her parents, husband Mel, son-in-law Donald Shade, and brother Edwin “Bud” Witt.

She is survived by her children, Gary (Marie) of Blaine; Diane Shade of Tacoma, WA; Roshan (Shivani) Kumar of Hawaii; Lonny (Denise) of Three Forks, MT; and Dan (Debbie) of Maple Grove; 9 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; sister Lois Babcock of Sandstone; many other relatives and friends.

4 thoughts on “IRENE L. BABCOCK”

  1. Irene was a very kind and thoughtful person. Her thoughts and feelings were always obvious in her smile and bright eyes. Condolences to the family.

  2. Irene was always such a wonderful host when Dan had me over for supper, especially on those weekends we were driving back to St. Cloud together. We had several fun Uno games in the kitchen & Irene was the most humble winner if she took the game!
    I remember Dan’s amazement at his Mom’s bird identifying ability from all the visitors to the bird feeders situated just outside the windows…what a kind & gentle neighbor!

  3. Irene was so genuine in her love for God and her family and friends. I loved stopping in and visiting with her and watching her many feathered friends. She was so good to all the children that stopped by for that friendly smile and cookie (just when they needed it the most).

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