She was born January 25, 1920, in West Jacksonport, the daughter of Fredrick Karl Jonas and Esther Emily (Honold) Jonas. Irene graduated from Fairview Grade School in West Jacksonport and attended Sevastopol High School for one year. She lived and worked as a private housekeeper in Illinois and Milwaukee. Irene moved back home to Door County and was united in marriage to Roland John Fredrick Flok at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baileys Harbor on September 20, 1941. Together, they owned and operated their dairy farm on Flok Road in Jacksonport. He preceded in her in death on April 20, 1970. Irene married Adolph Emil Vertz at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in West Jacksonport on June 29, 1974. He preceded her in death on May 22, 2002.
Irene was an active member of Zion Ev. Lutheran Church where she helped with the Ladies Aid and sang in the church choir. She was also a member of the West Jacksonport Homemakers Club. Irene enjoyed gardening and tending to her flowers, making quilts for special occasions, reading both, religious and non-religious literature, and canning and baking. She cherished the time she was able to spend with her family, especially her grandchildren. Her faith was very important to her, and she loved her church. Irene was always willing to help others.
She will be deeply missed by her daughter, Carolyn (special friend, Tom Guth) Bauer of Sturgeon Bay; son, Gerald (Cheryl) Flok of Jacksonport; step-daughter, Christina Vertz of Green Bay; two step-daughters-in-law, Lois Vertz and Sharon (John) Arnold, of Sheboygan; 17 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brother, Glenn (Mary) Jonas of Cedarburg; sister, Ruby Graf of Sturgeon Bay; and sister-in-law, Gladys Jonas of Las Vegas, NV.
Irene was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; son-in-law, George Bauer; step-son, Roger Vertz; grandson, Dwight Flok; three great-grandchildren, Anthony and Sara Bauer, Chayse Crosslan; two sisters, Jeanette Jonas, Cora (Allen) Knutson; two brothers, Carl (Carol) Jonas, Harvey Jonas; brother-in-law, Wally Graf; and sister-in-law, Rita Jonas.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 23, 2015, at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in West Jacksonport with Pastor Peter Lindemann officiating. Burial will be in Bayside Cemetery.
Visitation for family and friends will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 22, 2015, at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services, Wednesday morning, at the church. There will be a devotion at 7:45 p.m., Tuesday evening, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given in Irene’s memory for Zion Ev. Lutheran Church and Zion Lutheran School.
Condolences and guestbook signing may be offered at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.