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    Big Lake - Irene Vivian Harstad, 87, formerly of Mud Lake died Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 in Buffalo.
    A memorial gathering was held Monday, Sept. 17 at the Monticello American Legion Club in Monticello. Interment was held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.  
    Irene was born Nov. 1, 1924 in Mud Lake to Olaf and Inga (Johnson) Ness. She married Orris Harstad on May 25, 1946. They moved to the Big Lake area in 1961. Irene was a homemaker and also sold pull tabs for the Big Lake American Legion Post 147. She was a member of Big Lake American Legion Post 147 Auxiliary. Irene enjoyed playing cards, especially 500, Deuces and Solitaire, and spending time with her family. She was always smiling and was very friendly.
    Survivors include her daughters, Janet (Chris) Conigliaro of Big Lake, Donell (Steve) Chimonas of Phoenix, Ariz., Mary (Bob) Pachel of Monticello and Becky (Jeff) Young of Buffalo; sister, Gladys Erickson of Iowa Falls, Iowa; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
    Irene was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Orris; daughter, Karen Tessman; and brothers, Rueben, Orlin and Leonard Ness.
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