Irene Anita Sears
February 3, 1932 – January 6, 2021
Irene Anita (Roland) Sears, 88, of Ames passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at Accura HealthCare of Ames. She was born in Dakota City, Iowa on February 3, 1932 to John and Johannah Marie (Michelson) Roland. Irene attended Humboldt High School and graduated with the class of 1950. In 1954, she graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in home economics. She then went to work at Panora High School teaching home economics until 1957 when she returned to school. In 1959, she received her master’s and began working in home economics at ISU. In 1971 she left work to take care of her mother. On August 25, 1990, Irene was united in marriage to James Howard Sears. Irene enjoyed planting a variety of flowers and vegetables and caring for her garden. She was an avid reader and liked knitting, cooking, watching ISU basketball and football, and staying up to date on the latest news.
Irene was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Genora Roland; and a brother, John J. Roland. Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 30 years, Jim; two sisters-in-law, Dolores Roland and Helen (John) Primus; three nephews, Roger Roland, Daniel (Bernadette) Primus, and Michael (Laura) Primus; a niece, Martha (Jeffrey) Widen; three great nephews, Zachary Primus, Nathaniel Primus, and Noah Widen; and two great nieces, Grace Primus and Alana Primus.
A service will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 11:00am, at Steven’s Memorial Chapel in Ames with visitation one hour prior to service. The visitation and service will be live streamed. Interment will take place on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 2:30pm at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Hardy, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to the family.
- James Howard Sears, Husband
- John Roland, Father (deceased)
- Johannah Marie (Michelson) Roland, Mother (deceased)
- Genora Roland, Sister (deceased)
- John J. Roland, Brother (deceased)
- Two sisters-in-law, Dolores Roland and Helen (John) Primus; three nephews, Roger Roland, Daniel (Bernadette) Primus, and Michael (Laura) Primus; a niece, Martha (Jeffrey) Widen; three great nephews, Zachary Primus, Nathaniel Primus, and Noah Widen; and two great nieces, Grace Primus and Alana Primus.
Irene Anita Sears
January 13, 2021
I, and many others, wondered how she and Jim dated for so many years before getting married. I recall a discussion years ago with friends when we were in our 20's about that. One of the ladies told her boyfriend that he was not allowed to talk to that man!
I think it was Debbie (Kessler) Wormald and the boyfriend became her husband, Danny Wormald, but it was not a 30 year courtship.
January 13, 2021
Where to begin as many many memories come to mind when I think of Irene & that special neighborhood in Dakota City where you'd always get a warm welcome. I think of Irene, Arlene Beeson & my Grandma Helen Harris every time I'm in that neighborhood. What a comfort it is to know that the three master gardeners of Dakota City...are together again. Our thoughts & prayers are with each of you during this trying time.
The Family of the late Lloyd & Helen Harris & Charles.
Darrick, Donella, Becky, & Cindy.
January 12, 2021
A Surprising conversation
Sitting on the screen porch eating lunch with Jim and Irene one summer afternoon 10 – 15 years ago Irene explained to me you could make Wine out of almost anything with a gallon milk jug and a balloon. This was a surprise as Jim and Irene were not much for drinking so making wine at home seemed unlikely.
So you want the rest of the story? A year before Jim shared the story of Nathaniel Palmer (a family name) sea Capitan credited with discovering Antarctica, and suggested that must be where I got my love of the sea. Liking the story I tried my hand at Home brewing wine and Name it “Palmers Hero” Hero being the name of Nathanial Palmers ship. As it turns out Captain Palmer never had kids so no relation to me but a fun story and the source of much good cheer.
January 10, 2021
When I first meet Irene. It was a warm summer day on the farm in Sheraton. I was about 7 years old (just guessing). We were visiting my grandparents (Jim's Mom and Dad) when Jim and Irene pulled up in a gold colored Oldsmobile. I don't remember being introduce but that Irene took time right away to talk to me. It seemed we talked for 30 minutes. She had brought me a new pencil. I felt love by Irene that day and every day since.
I will try to share more
January 9, 2021
Jim, I'm so sorry to hear about Irene. Irene was a client of mine for many years and I looked forward to seeing her when she would come into the salon to get her hair done! She always remembered the latest of what my boys were up to and we loved sharing stories about them and her great nephew(?), Noah! She loved seeing him and I enjoyed her stories about the family. My thoughts and prayers go out to Jim and the family.