Irene Catlin, 1924-2017

Published 10:07 am Friday, March 17, 2017

A celebration of life service for Irene Catlin will be at 2  p.m. Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Thorne Crest Senior Living Community, 1201 Garfield Ave. in Albert Lea. The Rev. Todd Walsh will officiate. Interment will be in Alden Cemetery at a later date.

Irene F. Catlin of Albert Lea died on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. She was 92.

Irene was born May 27, 1924, to parents Christian and Alma (Madsen) Ottesen in Alden. She was raised in Alden and graduated from Alden High School. Irene continued her schooling at Mankato State Teachers College and taught at a local one-room schoolhouse.

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On Dec. 17, 1955, Irene married Lawrence Catlin at Redeemer Lutheran in Alden. They relocated to Rockford, Illinois, where Irene was a substitute teacher and later became a banker at Alpine State Bank until retirement. Irene’s greatest joys in life were spending time with her family and celebrating her children and grandchildren’s achievements.

Her surviving family members include her children Ann (Michael) Markegard and Chris (Penny) Catlin; and grandchildren Jennifer (Marcus) Krings and their two sons, Mason and Owen, Adam (Paige) Markegard, David Catlin and Elizabeth (Andy) Showalter; as well as several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lawrence; and her siblings.