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Irene Dunker

Irene Dunker, 80, of Mason City died Wednesday (Feb. 4, 2004) at 10:45 a.m. at the Mason City Area Nursing Home.

Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hurley Funeral Home in Mason City, with the Rev. Dustin Fulton officiating. Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Mason City Cemetery.

Besides being a homemaker, Mrs. Dunker helped her husband operate East Side Sand Co. She also worked at Caterpillar Tractor Co. in East Peoria for three years and worked for the Illinois Veterans Commission for two years.

She was born April 14, 1923, at Mason City to Howard and Fern Dalby Wharram. She married John H. "Doc" Dunker on Dec. 6, 1941, in Missouri.

Survivors are her husband, John Dunker Sr., of Mason City; one son, John H. Dunker Jr. (and Bonnie) of Mason City; one daughter, Donna Harmon (and Jack) of Hickory, N.C.; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one sister and three brothers.

She was a member of the First Christian Church, American Legion Auxiliary and Eastern Star, all in Mason City.

She enjoyed cooking and spending time with family and friends. She also enjoyed spending time in Florida with her husband.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.


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