Obituary for Irene Heibel

Irene Louise Graff Heibel was born September 6, 1927, on the family farm in Greenvale Township, Dakota County, Minnesota, to Edward and Kathryn (Mahowald) Graff. She was baptized and confirmed at the Church of St. Dominic and attended Rosary School. She graduated from Northfield High School in 1945. Irene worked at Northfield Hospital before marrying Dick Heibel on May 29, 1952. Irene raised their children and after they were grown, she worked at D. Mathre Gift Shop in Northfield. Dick and Irene moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, in 1985 where Irene worked at Bullock’s Department Store. They returned to Northfield in […]

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Irene Louise Graff Heibel was born September 6, 1927, on the family farm in Greenvale Township, Dakota County, Minnesota, to Edward and Kathryn (Mahowald) Graff. She was baptized and confirmed at the Church of St. Dominic and attended Rosary School. She graduated from Northfield High School in 1945. Irene worked at Northfield Hospital before marrying Dick Heibel on May 29, 1952. Irene raised their children and after they were grown, she worked at D. Mathre Gift Shop in Northfield. Dick and Irene moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, in 1985 where Irene worked at Bullock’s Department Store. They returned to Northfield in 1993.

Survivors include her husband of 69 years, Dick; 3 children, Jim (Martha) of Brandon, MS, Patty Heibel (Jim Palmieri) of Prescott, AZ , Sue Heibel of Northfield; 2 grandchildren, Brian and Sara Bridley; her sister, Joannie Moffatt of Richfield; her brother, Don Graff of Northfield; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her sister Lu Mulligan, her brother Robert Graff, Walter Graff, Dorothy Becker and her parents.

Irene passed away with her husband and family by her side on Tuesday afternoon, May 5, 2020, at the age of 92.

We want to extend a very special thank you to Char (Hamblin) who was our ministering angel in disguise. We also want to thank the wonderful staff and residents of The Family Residence (Care Facility) for their tremendous love and care for Irene.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, services were private. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers were Andy Graff, Gary Graff, Dick Resseman and Bob Vondrasek.

Memorials are preferred to The Family Residence, 2501 Jefferson Road, Northfield, MN 55057

Arrangements are with the Benson &Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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5 Comments

  1. Judi Schuenke

    Irene was our sweet, happy neighbor for years. She always had something nice to say to most everyone. She will be missed by many. Condolences to the family. You are in my prayers.
    Judi Schuenke

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  2. Char Hamblin

    What a gift it was to spend time, these past two years, with Irene; her warmth, laughter, quick-wittedness, and deep faith will be remembered, and appreciated, always. Godspeed, Irene, and sending deepest condolences to the heavy hearts of the Heibel & Graff families. ❤️

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  3. Mary Grundhoefer Langan

    Dear Heibel family, I am so sad to hear about your loss. I remember Mrs Heibel as being the sweetest friend of my mom and dad!!! Irene was always so kind to me! I remember that so well. The first thing I thought was that she is with my mom. Good friends reunited in heaven!!! Again, I am so sorry for your loss. Sending love from all the Grundhoefer family!

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  4. Eugene Lyman

    Gene & Gussie Lyman, Our sincere condolences to Dick and the Heibel family. Our fond memories go back many years with the Heibels. Irene always had a bright smile and greeting every time we met. In recent years it was always an enjoyable visit to stop and chat with the Heibels.
    Looking forward to stopping in the future with Dick to share old times.

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  5. Michele Ballstadt

    So very sorry to hear of Irene’s passing. I didn’t know her well, but when I talked with her while visiting at the Family Residence, there was no mistaking that she was such a kind, caring soul.
    Thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.

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