Roettger, Irene M. (nee Osterberg, Nichols)
March 22, 1922 – May 29, 2015
Age 93 of Roseville. Beloved Mother and Friend died peacefully of natural causes at her home on May 29, 2015, as her pastor prayed at her bedside. Irene Marion was born on March 22, 1922, in Mohall, North Dakota, to George and Annie Osterberg. Her elder sister, Inez and brother, Milton, have preceded her in death. Irene grew up in Minneapolis and was graduated from South High School in 1940. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Minneapolis where she was confirmed and, eventually, married to the love of her life, Elwood “El” Roettger on February 22, 1946. Irene attended Cayton Business College. She worked at Brown and Bigelow through the war years while Elwood served in the Army Air Corps as a B-17 tail gunner for the Flying Tigers, and then as a navigator on a B-29. After Irene and El wed, they remained in the Twin Cities area until El was transferred by his employer, NW Bell Telephone Company, to Brainerd, where their first child, son Gary Jay, was born in 1950. Their last transfer settled them in St. Paul, where son Bradley Allen was born in 1953. Irene, was well-known for extending cheerful hospitality to their many frequent visitors, from their extended family to all of her sons’ friends. When her beloved sister died, Irene embraced her young nephew, Jim Walsh, with great motherly affection. In 1970, after her own sons were grown, Irene began working for Pentair, Inc., as their first corporate secretary. In 1979, she and El both retired and enjoyed traveling around the USA, wintering in Arizona, until 1983, when Elwood died from cancer. In December of 1987, Irene remarried to a high school sweetheart, Don Nichols, until his death in 1995. Irene’s other home was the family cabin on Cedar Lake in Wisconsin, where she spent many happy hours entertaining friends and relatives for over forty years. Since 1956, she has belonged to Como Park Lutheran Church, St. Paul, where her memorial service will be held on August 22, 2015, at 10:30 AM. Interment at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery will be at a later date. She is survived by her two sons, Gary (wife, Gayle), and Bradley (wife, Debra); grandchildren, Justin and Kaylee (Brad’s), Jessica and Michael (Gary’s), her sole surviving sister-in-law, Betty Phares, cousins and numerous nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Lastly, her family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Jan Richardson, “Dr.” Moe, MaryKay, Kim, Mollie, Anna and Gail, Irene’s “Dream Team” from Allina Hospice.