Irene EveVonne (Gray) Laubscher was born on January 26, 1934, to Thomas H. and Laura Emily (Moore) Gray at home in Monona County, Iowa. She attended Dunlap High School. Irene married Ralph Dwaine Laubscher on August 12, 1950, in Denison. The couple farmed between Neola and Persia and in 1951 moved to the Laubscher family farm near Nelson Park. She attended Stewarts School of Hairstyling in 1967, driving back and forth to Council Bluffs everyday. Irene had her own beauty salon in Dunlap for many years. When she retired from doing hair, Ralph and Irene opened Laubscher’s House of Cheese in Denison.
Irene was a member of the Congregational Church and was an integral part of the ladies group there. Through the years, Irene held many of the offices at church. She was also a charter member of the Busy Neighbor’s Club. She enjoyed volunteering her time at the nursing home in Dunlap. At the age of 81, she became a certified hospice visitor. Irene loved to travel, but mostly she loved spending time with family. She hosted many family and extended family gatherings.
Irene died on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at Dunlap Specialty Care in Dunlap, Iowa, attaining the age of 85 years, nine months and 24 days.
Irene was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ralph Laubscher on March 3, 2007; son-in-law, Daniel Gaul; four brothers, Cyril (Patsy)Gray, Floyd “Ted” (Thelma) Gray, Lloyd (Margaret) Gray, and Ervin (Opal) Gray; and sister, Bernice (George) Summerfield. She is survived by four children, EveVonne and her husband James Muff of Dow City, Iowa, Vickie and her husband Patrick Lampe of Dunlap, Iowa, Rolland Laubscher and his wife Renita of Norwalk, Iowa and Debbie Gaul-Rusch and her husband Ross Rusch of Dow City, Iowa; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Brian (Keri) Muff and children Lauryn, Liam and Quinn, Adam (Kylie) Muff and children Sydney, Allison, Stella, and Lennon, Todd (Heather) Lampe and children Jordan, Marshall, Griffen, Brooklyn, and Tucker, Scott (Carrie) Russmann and children Jackson and Taylor, Dusty (Tracey) Russmann and children Ryan and Paige, Tyler (Andrea) Lampe and children Natalie and Alec, Travis Lampe, Trisha (Cole) Crawford and children Jayden, Makenna, Seth, and Cora, Ross (Cindy) Laubscher and children Pierce and Davis, Randy (Katie) Laubscher and children Colin, Nora, and Emery, Rheanne (Andrew) Kinney and children Evelyn and Ryan, Krystal (Denny) Galles and children Kody, Logan, and Keira, Shawn Gaul (Chelsey Evans) and daughter Olive, Cody Gaul (Mia Feldman); four siblings, Darlene Chilton of Las Cruces, New Mexico, Vera and her husband Gary Rosenberger of Carter Lake, Iowa, Jane and her husband John Miller and Jim Gray and his wife JoAnn both of Dunlap, Iowa; and many other relatives. and friends.
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