Irene Blanche Schlatter
Irene Blanche (Bjerke) Schlatter, beloved wife, mother, sister, and grandmother joined the angels on April 7, 2019. Born in Hinkley, MN on February 3, 1933 to Nels and Blanche Bjerke, she grew up surrounded by love, faith, and laughter with her eight brothers and sisters. She graduated from Mantorville High School near Rochester, MN. In 1950 she married Melvin Schlatter, and they made their home in Silver Bay, MN. She worked at Campton Elementary School as a cook. Irene was a member of the women's circles at Sychar Lutheran Church, enjoyed the Garden Club, and she and Mel were active in the Silver Beaver Gun Club for many years. She was a talented seamstress, a wonderful cook and baker. Forever she will be missed by her husband Mel; children Raymond (Peg) Schlatter, Brenda Carlson, Bradley (Linda) Schlatter; surviving siblings Dorcas Bunnell, Evelyn Taylor, Arnold Bjerke, Velora Handahl; 11 grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Throughout Irene's life her kindness, grace, and endless optimism blessed us all.