age 87 of Clinton, Iowa, passed away on Monday, March 8, 2021, in Phoenix, AZ. Services will be held in Iowa at a future date.
Irene Orpha Nielsen was born on June 1, 1933, in Andover, IA. She graduated from Miles High School in 1951 and attended Wartburg College. Irene married Norman Nielsen on June 17, 1956, in Andover. Norman passed away on March 10, 1966. Irene was an elementary teacher in both Clinton and Chelsea, IA. She also worked as a clerk at Petersen-Von Maur; a billing clerk at Nielsen Coupon Clearing; and also a clerk at Clinton City Assessor’s Office, retiring in 1998. Irene was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, a board member for the Benevolent Society, and a volunteer at Mercy Auxiliary. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, puzzles, and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Irene is survived by her three daughters, Marcia (James) Edman and Andrea (Michael) Hunter both of Phoenix, AZ, and Renee (Michael) Chekal of Glenwood, IA; nine grandchildren ; 3 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Norman; and a granddaughter Mackenzie Hunter. Donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley at