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Irma Henze, 80, State Center

Irma Henze, 80, of State Center, died Sunday evening, November 18, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November, 24, 2018 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in State Center. Visitation for Irma will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Friday also at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Memorials may be directed to her family. For condolences, please visit or phone 641-844-1234. Irma asked that people donate to the St. Paul Lutheran Backpack program in lieu of flowers.

Born on December 15, 1937, in rural Hardin County, she was the oldest daughter of Tilmer “Tim” and Minnie (Borton) Tjelmeland. She graduated from Zearing High School’s Class of 1955. She was united in marriage to Bennie Henze of State Center on November 21, 1956 at St. Paul Lutheran in State Center. Irma worked at Donnelley Marketing in Nevada; had clothing stores in State Center, Nevada and Marshalltown; sold real estate through ReMax in Nevada and Central Iowa Realty in State Center. She later worked at Midland Transportation in Marshalltown and TMC in Des Moines. She was well known for her weekly column “My Point of View” in the local newspaper. Over the years, Irma was an integral part of all that is State Center – Rose Festival, chamber of commerce, drum and bugle competitions, boosters and much more. She was also an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Beth Brown, Mari (Barry) Haley, Trish (Richard) Taft, Eva (Fredrik) Sunnerstedt, Asa (Mats) Tryselius Jonsson, Mary Carmen Castro (Armando) de Carrillo; grandchildren, Allison Conrad, Jessica (Jed) Wright, Nick Haley, Maggie Taft, Darlene Waltemeyer, and Jackie Taft; great-grandchildren, Haley and Hudson Wright and Kaylee Conrad; siblings, Tom (Karen) Tjelmeland, Andy (Sheila) Tjelmeland, Allen (Sheryl) Tjelmeland; and Kathy (Larry) Briney; sister-in-law, Bonnie Rasmussen; brother-in-law, John (Pat) Henze; sister-in-law, Judy (John) Greenfield; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; anyone else who considered her to be their other mother or grandmother.

In death, Irma rejoins her husband, Ben, her son-in-law Tommy, and her parents Tilmer and Minnie.

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