OBITUARY

Irene N. Schoetker

January 29, 1940February 23, 2021
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Irene Nilsson Schoetker, 81 passed away with her loving husband and soul mate, Russell of 30 years at her side February 23rd 2021. She was preceded in death by her parents, Gustav and Agnes Johansson Nilsson. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Elsie and grandnephew, Ian Wingo. She is survived by niece, Kathy Wingo, Sherry Seeman and nephew, Gary Seeman. She was born and grew up in the greater Cleveland area of Ohio. She graduated from Mentor High School in Mentor, Ohio in 1957 and went on to obtain her bachelors degree from Ohio Wesleyan College. She worked for a short time at a Department Store in Columbus Ohio before moving to St. Petersburg Florida. Shortly thereafter she joined Florida Power Corp. (now Duke Energy) where she enjoyed a long and rewarding career spending her last 11 years as District Manager in the Wildwood, Florida area where the district had its own warehouse, line crew and service department. Some of her outside activities included belonging to Pilot, The Industrial Development Commission and The Chamber of Commerce including serving as president of each of the preceding two for multiple terms. She loved to travel and has been to Sweden, Spain and the rest of Europe in addition to the Mid- East. She also traveled to China and Russia. Once retired the couple became snowbirds building a second home in the Northeast Georgia Mountains spending winters in Florida and summers in Georgia. As always Irene created and captivated countless friendships with just about anyone she met during her career and later in retirement. She was an avid bridge player in retirement almost attaining life master in duplicate bridge. She and Russ attended classes in several disciplines at the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts which draws students from all over the US. This led Irene to making fused glass jewelry at home eventually attending and selling some of her creations at various arts and crafts shows in the area. She also had a true love of her three tier flower garden where she grew many different species of flowers. She spent countless hours tending it and there was most always a vase of fresh flowers on the dining room table. In addition to her hobbies, her volunteer work included the role of treasurer coordinater and co-chairman of the Florida Power Mountain Reunion held each year in mid-October in the Northeast and Southeast North Carolina Mountains. Over the years starting with about 15 attendees it grew to 308 attendees. It was finally discontinued in 2018 because of decreasing attendees due to aging. She also kept up and maintained her high school contact list for several years along with being treasurer of the second home Georgia Property Association. In a nutshell “If you want something done find the busiest person you know”. That was Irene and she will be truly be missed by all that knew her.

Services

  • Gathering of Friends

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

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Marlene Mitchell

March 26, 2021

We were at a bridge tournament in Atlanta she got sick maybe something she ate, but she wouldn't hear of going home or not finishing the tournament because it would mean one of us would be without a partner now that is dedication to friends, but we all felt bad about it and, and would have understood we could see how sick she was!

Joan Strubinger

March 22, 2021

Sad to hear about Irene’s passing. I was a part of her time in Wildwood.❤️

Elizabeth Klassen

March 21, 2021

I first met Irene at the Americana Cove bridge night. It was the beginning of a great friendship/partnership. She was a great mentor - encouraging me to join ACBL and expand my bridge playing skills although I was never close to matching her skill.

We had many lovely chats while driving to and from bridge games - sharing opinions, experiences and histories. I miss her.

Joe and Jeannine Smith

March 21, 2021

We always appreciated the faithfulness of Irene to plan our Fla. Power reunions through the many years. Those times were so important to all of us, enjoyed by so many, she always made it fun and was such a blessing to get us all together again. She won’t be forgotten by the many friends in all the facets of her life, a happy witness of a worthwhile, full life. Our hearts are with you Russ, family and friends. Joe Smith (Jeannine). Walsingham Line.

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