Irene was born on May 26, 1928, in Allison, Iowa, the daughter of Henry and Effie (Ahrens) Dickman. She attended country school in rural Allison and then attended and graduated from Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Irene then returned to Allison and taught country school. On October 17, 1947, Irene was united in marriage to Harvey Brinkman at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. In 1950, the couple moved to Waverly, Iowa. While living there Irene worked at State Bank of Waverly and in 1972, the couple bought the Waverly Bowl Inn. During their retirement, the couple spent winters in Arizona. They moved to Lake City, Minnesota in 1982, and later moved back to Waverly in 1998.
Irene was a member of Peace United Church of Christ in Waverly and the Waverly AMVETS Auxiliary. She enjoyed playing bridge with friends, fishing, golfing, and traveling, however, what Irene enjoyed most was time with family, especially her grandchildren.
Irene’s memory is honored by: a daughter, Joyce (Mike) Vermace of Coralville, Iowa; a son, Steve (Tammy) Brinkman of Mitchell, South Dakota; six grandchildren, Jennifer (Scott) Matthiesen, Johanna (Ryan) Wasileski, Andrew Brinkman, Ashley (Ryan) Carrison, Jennifer (Brandon) Goergen, and Valerie (Nathan) Ruml; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a sister, Faythe Fox of Allison, Iowa; and a brother-in-law; Dean (Marge) Brinkman of Ackley, Iowa. She was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband, Harvey on January 1, 2005; and a brother, Emery Dickman.
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