Date of birth: September 18 1924
Date of death: January 2 2019
Irene Mozinski, 94, of Portland, OR, formerly a long time resident of the Minto, ND area, passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2019 in Portland, OR.
Irene Helen Stoltman was born in Walshville Township, Walsh Co., ND on September 18, 1924 to Adam and Frances (Danielski) Stoltman. She was the oldest of five children, her siblings being Connie, Harold, Joe and Cyril Stoltman. She attended grade school in Pulaski Township and graduated from Oslo, MN high school in 1942. She lived and worked for several years in Detroit, MI during the war, and then moved back to the family farm in ND.On February 25, 1946. Irene was united in marriage to Steven Mozinski, who had recently been discharged from the US Navy, having served four years during World War II, most notably in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941. They made their home near Warsaw where they raised their three children, Kathryn, Steve Jr. and Mary Louise; foster daughters, Dawn and Shellee Sigfusson joined the Mozinski family in 1967. She and Steve lived on their family farm for 51 years, moved to Minto in 1997, where Irene lived for 18 years.In 2015 she moved to Portland, OR to be close to her children.
Irene was a life long member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church where she served on the Altar Society and the Rosary Society, leading the rosary in church for many years. She was also a founding member of the County Gals Homemaker’s Club, which was in existence for 50+ years and a member of the Minto American Legion Auxiliary, Minto Golden Age Senior Club and PNA (Polish National Alliance).
Irene was a woman of strong faith devoted to family and community. She was kind, cheerful, positive, frugal, and an original conservationist and environmentalist when it wasn’t even yet popular. She wasn’t afraid of work and even joked that her husband Steve married her because she was a good worker! She was a woman of her word and could be counted on to the right thing. She was a member of the “Greatest Generation”. But, she was also a friendly and fun person, never taking herself too seriously and always up for a card game, bingo, Search-a-word, and even dominoes. She enjoyed quilting, gardening, sewing, cooking and baking, often trying new ideas learned through the Homemaker‘s Club! And her skills were excellent, winning admiration from family and friends, and numerous awards at the County Fair. A strong matriarch of the family, and a pillar in the community, she was very loved and will be greatly missed.
Surviving are her children Kathryn (Henry) Piertzak of Moorhead, MN and Mesa, AZ; Steve (Cheryl) Mozinski of Portland, OR; Mary (Doug) Ziebart of Portland, OR; foster daughters Dawn Sigfusson and Shellee Hoyt of Jamestown, ND; 3 grandsons Tony (Janna) Pietrzak, Steve (Jenn) Mozinski and Mike Mozinski; 5 great grandchildren and other extended-family step and foster grand and great-grandchildren.
If life could be compared to the game of Survivor on TV, Irene would have been the ultimate winner. She was the last survivor of her immediate family, being preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Connie, Harold, Joe and Cyril (Kay) Stoltman; husband Steve in 2003 and all his Mozinski siblings (Florian, Sarah, Frances, Frankie and Henry) and their spouses; and grandson Kris Pietrzak.
A funeral Mass will be held 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 19 at St. Clare Catholic Church in Portland, Oregon. And a memorial mass will be held later this year at her long time home parish of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Warsaw, ND with interment at St. Stanislaus Church cemetery.
14 tribute candles have been lit
Candle lit by Mike Mozinski Grandma, I love you so much. You were so generous with your time and love. I'll really miss those homemade polish pirogies!! We'll miss you here on earth but we all know you had a first class ticket to Heaven. We will always remember your laugh and how much you enjoyed life but especially how much you loved us all. We will meet again one day. Godspeed.
Candle lit by Staff at Crown Memorial Center Our sincere condolences.
Candle lit by Doug and Mary Ziebart Well, Mama...you most likely are in heaven now. We are trying to pick up the pieces and get things settled here. We miss you, but know you are happy and pain free. May you rest in peace. We will carry you always in our heart.
Candle lit by John J Mager, Burnsville, MN Remarkable lady, always positive and friendly! Your earthly work has been well done. "May You Now Rest in Pace."
Candle lit by Steve & Cheryl Mozinski Mom, thank you for inspiring us to appreciate the simple things in life. Your love will always be with us. God Bless You.
Candle lit by Shellee Hoyt Mom Irene. You were a very important part of my life. You taught me all the important things I needed to learn growing up. I appreciate everything you did for Dawn and I. I'll miss you till we meet again. Love you
Candle lit by Henry and Kathryn Pietrzak and family Mom, for being you!!!! With all your love, prayers and everything you have done in our lives, we're grateful and we love you! We will remember your soul in prayer.
Candle lit by Ed Stoltman Irene was a cousin I always admired. She was dear to our family and always had a positive outlook on life. To the family of Irene my sincere condolences. May she rest in peace.
Candle lit by Chuck and Michelle Dahlstrom You have our sympathies for your loss. I didn't start college until my 30s and two of the first people I ran into on the UND campus were Steve and Irene (both in their 60s). They were both so excited to be taking college classes in various subjects and were a great inspiration in the value of life long learning.
Candle lit by carol ann curtin My thoughts and prayers are with all of Irene's family. She was a special lady she would always talk to me in church in Warsaw when I came to visit family.
Candle lit by Nicole Carter Irene grandma I just seen that u passed well I was very happy to have met u and get to know u my mom was Shellee and Dawn was my aunt now ur up there with grandpa Steve give hugs and kiss on cheek and tell him we all miss you guys and sending condolences to rest of family she will be missed but never forgotten love you grandma irene and grandpa Steve until we meet again I will always remember u guys
Candle lit by Arlene & Dale DeMers To Irene's family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Irene was a special Lady to me, not just because she was my God Mother, but she always took the time to greet everyone with a smile and a pleasant thought, she is someone who will be missed by many. Our sympathy to you all.
Candle lit by Antony Pietrzak Irene was a person with generous and kind charcter. She was always engaged, learning, sharing and enjoying life with her friends and family. You felt greatly cared for when you were around her. She loved God and he has her with him now. We will miss and always remember you, the wonderful grandma you were.
Candle lit by Sharon Carver Mary and Family: My husband Craig was at the care home on Haines St., with Irene, before he passed away in July 2018. During our many visits we became acquainted with Irene, and we always looked forward to being welcomed by her generous smile and serene countenance. She was a lovely woman, and we join you in mourning her passing.