Alexander Funeral Home - North Chapel

4200 Stringtown Road, Evansville, IN


Irene Louise Blessing

November 23, 1919August 26, 2020

Irene L. Midle-Blessing, 100, went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at Evansville Protestant home. She was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 23, 1919 to the late Arthur H. and Ida (Burkhardt) Anderson.

She was educated in Chicago and graduated as an RN from South Shore Hospital in 1941. She served in the Army Nurse Corp from 1943-1945 in England. She was a member of the Order Eastern Star in Illinois for over 70 years; life member of American Legion and VFW, Illinois; Tri-State Women Veterans, Evansville; and Marine Corp League as Associate member, Evansville. She attended her children’s churches at Salem Methodist Church, Old North Methodist Church, North Haven Baptist Church, and Abundant Faith Pentecostal Church. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church (USA) and was an elder in Charleston, Illinois.

Irene was preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, Ben Blessing (2010); brother, Raymond Anderson (2000); and granddaughter, Donna Voges (2007).

She is survived by her sons, Arthur (Mary Beth) Midle, and Paul (Barb) Midle; daughters, Laura (Tom) Fritz, and Kathy (Jack) Schernekau all of Evansville; God Child, Ruth (Troy) Christian of Henderson; step daughter, Veronica (Don) VanAntwerp of Delavan, Wisconsin; seven grandchildren, six step grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren, twenty step great grandchildren, and Six step great great grandchildren.

A Funeral Service will be held 12:00 p.m., Monday, August 31, 2020 at Alexander North Chapel, 4200 Stringtown Road, with burial in Alexander Memorial Park. Rev. Al Amstutz will be officiating. The Retired Veterans Memorial Club will conduct military rites at the cemetery. Friends may visit Monday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Irene’s funeral will be livestreamed on Facebook at 12: 00 p.m. on Monday, using the following link: https://www.facebook.com/funeralstreamusa.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Evansville Association for the Blind.

Condolences may be made online at www.AlexanderNorthChapel.com.


  • Arthur (Mary Beth) Midle, Son
  • Paul (Barb) Midle, Son
  • Laura (Tom) Fritz, Daughter
  • Kathy (Jack) Schernekau, Daughter
  • Ruth (Troy) Christian, God Child
  • Veronica (Don) VanAntwerp, Step-Daughter
  • Arthur H. Anderson, Father (deceased)
  • Ida (Burkhardt) Anderson, Mother (deceased)
  • Ben Blessing (2010), Husband of 30 Years (deceased)
  • Raymond Anderson (2000), Brother (deceased)
  • Donna Voges (2007), Granddaughter (deceased)
  • Seven Grandchildren, Six Step Grandchildren, Nineteen Great Grandchildren, Twenty Step Great Grandchildren, and Six Step Great Great Grandchildren

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  • Visitation at Alexander North Chapel

    Monday, August 31, 2020

  • Funeral Service At Alexander North Chapel

    Monday, August 31, 2020

  • Military Rites at Alexander Memorial Park

    Monday, August 31, 2020


Irene Louise Blessing

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John Trnka

September 2, 2020

We were blessed to get to know Irene briefly, when in February our husband & father, John, moved into the room next to hers at the Evansville Protestant Home. What we noticed first was her wonderful smile, followed very shortly by her pride in her WWII Army service. It was obvious, she brought joy to everyone around her.

Though our time visiting with Irene was cut short by COVID restrictions, we are so grateful for our brief moments together.

The Trnka family

Jane Hackert

September 1, 2020

Mary Beth & Art, So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother/mother-in-law. Boy, to live to be 100 is quite an accomplishment! May you find peace in your heart through your faith. God Bless, Jane (Stephens) Hackert

Micki Wheeler

August 30, 2020

Blessing..... what a perfect name for a wonderful lady.!! For that is exactly what she was , a blessing to all who knew her. Honored to have known her, flown with her on Honor Flight, and served with her in Tri-State Women Veterans. Our condolences and prayers to her family as they lay her to rest. She is now in the arms of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief.

Godspeed, Ms Irene, Until we meet again in the final formation !

Paul (SSG) & Micki (SGT) Wheeler, US Army Veterans

Cindi Barnett

August 30, 2020

Honored to have know such a great lady! She was such a positive person love of adventure and love for everyone in her life. Heaven got one of a kind the day she got there. She loved and served her country. I will always remember the First Evansville Honor Flight and her excitement and being able to be there to share the trip with her and her family. Thinking of all of her family what a great leagecy she left you all prayers for your lost and celebrating a life of difference Cindi Barnett former activity director of Eph

John Bryant

August 30, 2020

Kathy and Art, your Mother was a wonderful lady and a great service to our country. She will be greatly missed by all. Blessings to you and your families . John and Judy Bryant

Patricia Gatewood

August 29, 2020

I remember Irene at the Tri State Women Veteran's meetings. Always fun to be around. Her smile, her stories and her gumption will be missed. So glad I got to know you for a brief time.
Rest in peace sweet Irene.


August 29, 2020

We, the Board Members, Crew and Staff of LST 325 express our sincere sympathy to the Blessing/Midle Family on the passing of your mother. She was a Patriot, giving of her talents during WWII and beyond. A life well lived in the Greatest Generation.


August 29, 2020

Thank you for your sacrifice and service. RIP Sister.
Prayers for family and friends, for peace in their hearts and strength to face the coming days.
Hope Wines
USA - MP Corps
'87 - '90


August 29, 2020

Irene was my step mother. She w as in my life for 41 years. I really appreciated that relationship being my mother died so young.

Margaret (Peggy) Stone

August 29, 2020

Praying for peace of mind for her family. I met several of you at Protestant Home, while I worked there.
I loved and admired this magnificent woman. She never stopped caring about people even when she herself was sick. There were times she made me sit (in her extra recliner) when I was having trouble breathing. She shared stories good and bad about her life. I remember one Christmas she had a huge box in her room. Each evening she would tell me what and for whom new ones were. She always had a smile on that beautiful face. Thank you for being my friend.


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