Marengo-Union Funeral Home


Irene Ruth Poppe

18 septiembre , 19349 enero , 2021

Irene Ruth Poppe, 86, passed away on January 9, 2021. She was born on September 18, 1934 to Elmer and Mathilda Telschow. Irene was the devoted wife of Rodney Poppe, they were married on July 9, 1955 and celebrated 65 years of marriage. She was the loving mother of Linda (Jeff) Greenhagen, Ellen (Dave) Doescher, Steve Poppe, and Karen Poppe. She was the proud grandmother of Rochelle, Kristin, Elissa, Meredith and Serena, and great-grandmother of Hailey Rose. Preceded in death by: her siblings: Frederick Telschow, Earl Telschow, and Louise Rudy, and Jean Anne Telschow.

Irene retired from Locust School, in Marengo in 1993, after serving for 20 years as a Teacher. She was a member of the McHenry County Retired Teachers association. Irene was a devoted member of Zion Lutheran Church, where she participated in the Choir. She also taught Sunday School at Zion for many years. She was also a member of Marengo Women’s Club.

Visitation at Marengo-Union Funeral Home, 505 East Grant Highway, Marengo, on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 from 4pm-6pm. Due to current circumstances, masks will be required, social distancing should be practiced and a maximum capacity will be allowed in the Funeral Home at a given time (based on current guidelines, which are subject to change). Please be patient and kind as we work though honoring Irene safely and in adherence with Governor guidelines. A continued Visitation will take place at Zion Lutheran Church, 412 Jackson St, Marengo, IL 60152 on Thursday, January 28, 2021 from 10am-11am where a Funeral Service will take place at 11am. Burial to follow at Marengo-City Cemetery. Memorial Contributions in honor of Irene may be made to: Zion Lutheran Church. Arrangements entrusted to Marengo-Union Funeral Home, for information call (815) 568-8131.


  • Rodney Poppe, Husband
  • Linda (Jeff) Greenhagen, Ellen (Dave) Doescher, Steve Poppe, and Karen Poppe, Children
  • Rochelle, Kristin, Elissa, Meredith and Serena, Grandchildren
  • Hailey Rose, Great Granddaughter
  • Frederick Telschow, Earl Telschow, Louise Rudy, and Jean Anne Telschow, Siblings (deceased)
  • Elmer and Mathilda Telschow, Parents (deceased)


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Sharon Taylor

28 enero , 2021

So grateful for the visits from Uncle Rod and Aunt Irene when they popped by on their road trips. Found memories of family time too as we’d gather for holidays. Prayers of comfort for the family and happy she’s reunited above with her family and our God and Savior.

Linda Greenhagen

28 enero , 2021

Although we didn't have much money to spare growing up, Mom always made sure her daughters had Christmas and Easter dresses, often hand-sewn. The quality of her work was top notch! She inquired before each birthday what shaped birthday cake each child wanted and she always found a way to make it happen. I think we had at least 4 kinds of Christmas cookies to choose from each year--all baked and decorated to perfection. She was there for me when my daughters were born supporting me during their first week of life. My favorite personal memory is when she surprised me on my 50th birthday with the help of my sister, Karen, by showing up in my 5th grade classroom. SO FUN!


27 enero , 2021

There was never a time that Mrs. Poppe was not smiling. Whether on the way to work or later in the day seeing her and coach walking around town (always very fast) warmed my heart. I knew that the day was better because I saw this couple being together and always supporting each other. The community has lost a very special lady who gave so much and never asked for anything in return.

Dave Telschow

22 enero , 2021

Aunt Irene was a wonderful aunt to us. I remember especially the gatherings she and Uncle Rod hosted at their house. All of them were so much fun. God bless you all in her family.

Genny Hertel

16 enero , 2021

Irene was a wonderful woman of faith. I considered her a trusted mentor. I loved how God’s Word flowed from her being . She touched my life for eternity . I will always treasure the deep things of God we shared. The scripture that entwined our lives no matter where we were is Isaiah 40:31 but they who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run & not be weary;they shall walk & not faint. Thanks for sharing Irene with me . She will be missed. Take comfort in the resurrection

Steve & Adele Weskerna

16 enero , 2021

Offering condolences and words of comfort to the entire Poppe Family.

Michael Markison

16 enero , 2021

R.I.P Mrs. Popped. My Deepest condolences to the family.

Sheryl Vogel

14 enero , 2021

My Deepest Sympathy to all of Mrs. Poppes family and friends.
Always such a nice lady. Many fond memories.
Cherish your memories and good times.
Sheryl (Sheri Mortensen) Vogel

Pat Meyers

14 enero , 2021

Sharing her love of Christ and one particular Bible verse with me , I’ll always remember. I’m praying for her family.

Don & Nancy Brooke

13 enero , 2021

Don & I were so sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs Poppe. She was a wonderful sweet lady. Keeping Mr. Poppe and the family in our thoughts & prayers.