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Irene D. Hadsell



OTTAWA — Irene D. Hadsell passed away Wednesday, July 4, at Pleasant View, surrounded by her children.

Memorial Mass for Irene will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 13, at St. Columba Church with the Rev. Corey Krengiel officiating. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to services Friday at Ottawa Funeral Home & Crematory. Burial will be in St. Columba Cemetery.

She was born April 19, 1927, in Dixon, to John and Helen (Armoska) Zitkus. She graduated from Catholic Community High School in Sterling in 1945.

She moved to Chicago in 1946, where she began doing office work. There she met Donald E. "Red" Hadsell, and they were married on Nov. 4, 1950. In 1951, they were blessed with twins (son and daughter) before moving to Ottawa, where they would remain for the rest of their lives. In Ottawa, their brood grew with a son added in 1953, a daughter in 1955 and a son in 1962.

Irene was a stay-at-home mom for many years before returning to office work at Sherwin-Williams paint store and JC Penney. But her true work was devotion to her family and to volunteering. She helped out as a room mother at her children’s schools, as a den mother for Cub Scouts and as a campfire leader. Later she accumulated thousands of hours as a hospital volunteer. She also volunteered at St. Columba Church, where she was a devoted member for 66 years and was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society.

Irene’s pride and joy were her children, Gregory, of Ottawa, Deborah Gerding, of Marengo, Gary (Judy), of Homer Glen, Diane, of Janesville, Wis., and Guy, of Ottawa; grandchildren, Christy (Jason) Bott, of Lakewood, Aaron (Heather) Gerding, of Chicago, Kevin Hadsell, of Portland, Ore., Karen Hadsell, of Burlingame, Calif., and Brian (Becky), of Jacksonville, Ill.; and great-grandchildren, Bryce Bott, Blake Bott and Declan Gerding, who all survive. She also is survived by her brother, Larry Zitkus, of Sterling; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Don "Red" in 2015; an infant in childbirth; her parents, John and Helen; her sister, Frances; her brother, Jim; and her sister-in-law, Pat Zitkus.

The online guest book may be viewed and remembrances shared at

Ottawa Funeral Home & Crematory

1111 La Salle St., Ottawa, IL 61350


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