SHELDON—Irene Fritts Ingalls, age 101, of Sheldon, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, at Sanford Senior Care in Sheldon.
Her funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, at the Sheldon United Methodist Church, with Pastor Marvin Lindley officiating.
Burial will be at East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon.
Visitation with family present will be from 10 a.m. until service time on Tuesday at the church.
Arrangements are under the care of the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon.
Irene Ingalls, the daughter of John and Gertie (Dekker) Vos, was born on Aug. 8, 1920, in Boyden, Iowa. She attended school in both Boyden and Sheldon. On Nov. 29, 1941, she was united in marriage to Merrill H. Fritts in Canton, South Dakota. The couple lived in Sterling, Illinois, during the war where Merrill was employed as a government inspector in a war plant. After the war, the couple moved back to Sheldon and owned and operated a convenience store and gas station for several years. Merrill preceded Irene in death on Dec. 27, 1984. On June 16, 1990, she married Vernon L. Ingalls. He preceded her in death on March 20, 2009.
Irene was employed as a receptionist in the Optometry Office of Dr. A.G. Korver for 17 years and 14 years for Dr. H.J. Vander Griend.
Irene was a member of the Sheldon United Methodist Church, where she was active in Hannah Circle and Golden Angels Choir.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Lee and Jeanne Fritts of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Norma and Harlan Kamerman of Sioux Center, Iowa, and Jack and Linda Fritts of Hiawatha, Iowa; stepdaughter, Lorae and Don Nieuwendorp of Sioux City, Iowa seven grandchildren, five stepgrandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, and stepgreat-grandchildren, also many other relatives.
Irene is preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Merrill Fritts and Vernon Ingalls; sisters, Eunice Van Oort, Lena Jacobs, Mary Vellinga, Betty Vink and Gertrude Merley; and brother, Art Vos.