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June 29, 2022

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Funeral for Irene Kaul April 2 at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville

Irene A. Kaul, 100, a longtime Rochester resident, died on Friday, March 25, 2022 of natural causes, at River Bend Assisted Living & Memory Care in Rochester, where she had been living since October 2018.
Irene Anna Lupkes Kaul was born on Feb. 10, 1922 in Dike, Iowa to George Lupkes Sr. and Jennie Barkoff Lupkes. She moved at the age of six with her family to rural Wheaton, one of 12 children. Her family farmed and she attended country school. She lived and worked on the farm with her family as a teenager, and worked cooking for some of the neighboring families.
Irene was married in Wheaton to Ilot Klomstad. Following their marriage the couple moved to Rochester and they were later divorced. Irene continued to make her home in Rochester for many years. Irene was a homemaker and also was employed at the Green Parrot Cafe in Rochester and at Lake Center Industries in Stewartville.
Subsequently, she married Lester Kaul and they later divorced. Irene was a past member of St. John Lutheran Church in Wheaton and Zumbro Lutheran Church in Rochester. She was an avid crocheter, quilter, enjoyed crafts and collecting pig figurines and reading poetry. She loved time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Irene is survived by one daughter and one son, Sharyn (Al) Harter of Stewartville, and Stanley (Sharon) Klomstad of Rochester; seven grandchildren, Jean Shoemaker, Amy (John) Baumes, Stephanie Klomstad, Christopher (Marigrace) Klomstad, Paul Harter, Lucas (Stacy) Harter and Carmen (Brandon) Nielsen; 11 great-grandchildren, Thomas (Danille) Shoemaker, Josh Shoemaker, Jonathan (Dawn) Baumes, Michael Baumes, Brianna (Zach) Billings, Nevaeha Klomstad, Colton Klomstad, Kyle Klomstad, Emily Harter, Olivia Harter, and Elliot Nielsen; two great-great-grandchildren, Dominic Prok and Savanna Shoemaker; one sister, Francis Borsheim of Wheaton; and sister-in-law, Merlita Lupkes of Wheaton; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her son, Ronnie Gene Klomstad while serving in Vietnam; five sisters, Christina Hernvall, Hilka Schmidtke, Tillie Koci, Jeanette Olson, and Mary Mueller; and five brothers, Ole, George Jr., Oscar, Elmer and Fred Lupkes.
The funeral service for Irene will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2022 at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville with Rev. Jamie Risser officiating. A time of visitation for family and friends will take place one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. A subsequent service will take place at a later date in Wheaton. Burial will take place at St. John Cemetery in Wheaton.
Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. Condolences and memories of Irene are welcome at

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