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Irene D. Campbell

March 18, 1924 August 31, 2019
Irene D. Campbell
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Obituary for Irene D. Campbell

Irene Doris Campbell, 95, of the Christian Community Home of Osceola, passed away
on Saturday, August 31, 2019.

She was born March 18, 1924, in rural Centuria to Harry and Ruth Skoog. She
attended grade school at the Lone Maple School and graduated from St. Croix Falls
High School in 1941. After graduation she worked in Balsam Lake where she met
Charlie Campbell (or Chuck as she called him). They were married April 14, 1944. They
made their home in Centuria in the house that Chuck and his dad John built. Three
children were born during this time- Roger, Rodney and Rhoda. In 1950 Chuck and
Irene moved to her family farm on Sand Lake where she began her life as a farmers
wife. And here they were blessed with another child, Robert. Irene not only did chores
on the farm but she also cut hair for all the neighboring farmers, wives and farm kidsoften
times for 25 cents a head- most of the boys got a “butch”. The farm work
allowed her to work outside the farm where she was employed at Erickson’s grocery
store in St. Croix Falls. Here she met many lifetime friends of all ages. She was also an
a talented seamstress- sewing and altering all types of clothing and patching many
pairs of jeans. When cleaning out her sewing room, her family found that she saved
every scrap of fabric from which she sewed and often times making quilts for her
grandkids using these scraps. “The farm” became a comforting gathering place for the
family with many lasting memories being made. The annual Skoog reunion was an
important part of Irene’s life. Her siblings took turns hosting- traveling between
Wisconsin and Minnesota but a memorable one was to her nephew, Tom Gustafson’s
in Lander, Wyoming. And again- lots of great food to share with family!

Chuck and Irene continued farming for 30 years. They were able to travel the last
few years while still on the farm. Many trips were with her siblings or neighbor friends.
They traveled across the US including Hawaii, a cruise on the Carnivale and Nova
Scotia where Chuck was born. After many years of dedicated farm work they sold the
big farm and purchased a hobby farm. They lived two miles from their church,
Bethesda Lutheran, where Irene remains an active member. They served as church
janitors for 17 years. If there were people at the church for Chuck to talk with- Irene
had to keep him on task so their work could get done in a timely manner. They also
read seasonal meters for Polk-Burnett Electric- Chuck doing the driving and Irene
jumping out to read the meters. They did this until modern technology took over.
Gardening was another passion for Irene- canning to fill the shelves in the cellar and
filling up the freezer for the winter months. For many years, she entered daily
happenings in her dairy. If you wanted to know what the weather was like 10 years ago
on Christmas, she could tell you. Irene was known for her rye bread, lemon meringue
pie, molasses cookies and sugar cookies with a heart on top.

In 2005, grandson Eric bought the hobby farm and Chuck and Irene moved to their
apartment in St. Croix Falls. Christmas, Easter and many other family gatherings were
held in their company dining room- often times expanded to their apartment and/or the
laundry room! Irene’s garden was now at Eric’s so many trips were taken there to
check on the things. Irene began to volunteer at the gift shop at the St. Croix Medical
Center. This job also included giving tours of the hospital to school kids- often times
seeing her great grandkids! And of course making a salad for the hospital salad
luncheon. Irene also put in many volunteer hours at the Good Samaritan Nursing
Home- where she could walk to work! She enjoyed reading as a past time and read
every book in her apartment library.

Irene loved playing cards with her friends, driving her friends to church and going to
“Our Place” for breakfast or lunch. She and Chuck played cribbage every morning but
after Chuck passed away in 2008, grandson Nick would stop in for supper and to play
a couple games- this was also the time she and Rhoda began playing scrabble- there
is no need to ask who won the majority of either game that was played! She especially
enjoyed playing any kind of card games with her great grandkids. A lasting memory for
them too. Her last out of state trip was to Lake Havasu to visit Bob and Karen. Roger
and Mickey dropped her and Steve and Rhoda off at the airport. She enjoyed the sight
seeing but loved the hot tub!

As her mobility became a concern, she moved to the Christian Community Home-
Assisted Living of Osceola in August of 2017. When they called and said she could
move in a few days after we visited the facility- she said she had to wait until Monday
because it was her turn to drive to church. Irene enjoyed her many visitors. Her diary
will show that. She got out for special occasions but was very content in her room. She
loved all her caregivers- they became family to her and her family. She continued to
play cards, cribbage and scrabble. And of course, watching the Wisconsin Badgers,
Green Bay Packer’s and the Minnesota Twin’s. Often times watching the Milwaukee
Brewer’s as well. After a few falls in July, the nursing home was where she needed to
be. Her visitors continued but were limited. She is loved to the moon and back and
blessed is her memory.

Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Chuck Campbell; son, Rodney
Campbell; parents, Harry and Ruth Skoog; sisters, Angie (Roland) Bender, Alice (Eddie)
Gustafson, Clarice (Gene) Lindahl; brother, Don Skoog and nephew Mike Lindahl.

Irene is survived by son, Roger (Mickey); daughter, Rhoda (Steve) Jensen; son Bob
(Karen); daughter-in-law, Diane; grandchildren David (Jackie); Dan (Sarah) and Brian
(Michelle) Campbell; Andrea Kier (Brad Guinn); Charley (Amy) Campbell; Todd (Lisa)
Jensen and Robb (Sarah) Jensen; Eric (Tamara), Scott (Kristin) and Nick Campbell;
Heidi Bullis; Miaja (Brendan) Cassidy; 27 great-grandchildren; 2 great-greatgrandchildren;
brother Les (Dee) Skoog; sister-in-law Jan Skoog; nieces, nephews and
special friend, Rick Nelson.


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Visitation

Friday

6

Sep

4:00 PM 9/6/2019 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 9/6/2019 7:00:00 PM
Grandstrand Funeral Home - Osceola

941 State Road 35
Osceola, WI 54020

Grandstrand Funeral Home - Osceola
941 State Road 35 Osceola 54020 WI
United States

Visitation

Saturday

7

Sep

10:00 AM 9/7/2019 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 9/7/2019 11:00:00 AM
Bethesda Lutheran Church

1947 110th Ave
Dresser, WI 54009

Bethesda Lutheran Church
1947 110th Ave Dresser 54009 WI
United States

Funeral Service

Saturday

7

Sep

11:00 AM 9/7/2019 11:00:00 AM
Bethesda Lutheran Church

1947 110th Ave
Dresser, WI 54009

Bethesda Lutheran Church
1947 110th Ave Dresser 54009 WI
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Bethesda Lutheran Cemetery Final Resting Place

Dresser, WI 54020

Dresser 54020 WI
United States
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