Irene Louise (Hansen) Hogan, 93, of Moorhead, MN, passed away on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, in Bethany on 42nd Nursing Home, Fargo, ND.
Irene was born on August 8, 1927, to Harry and Elsa (Caufield) Hansen in Poulsbo, WA. Irene grew up in Poulsbo where she graduated from high school. She was united in marriage to Harold Hogan on August 25, 1947, in Poulsbo where they lived. Shortly after their marriage, Harry and Irene travelled all of the United States for nearly ten years, the last two years while Harry was in a wheelchair. Irene attended and graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s Degree in 1959. She taught school in Poulsbo at the North Kitsap High School, teaching Home Economics and English for 22 years. Harold passed away in 1991, and Irene moved to Moorhead, MN, shortly thereafter in June of 1992 where she has lived ever since.
Irene was very active in the Moorhead Area, constantly volunteering to help those in need. She belonged to many associations in the area including the AAUW, Moorhead Area Retired Education Association, Moorhead Healthy Community Initiative, Women’s Network of the Red River Valley, International Women’s Club of NDSU, Danes of the Red River Valley, Meritcare Auxiliary. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and volunteered to help teach English as a second language. She volunteered at Sanford where her daughter, Cathy, worked in the Pediatric Unit and Intensive Care Nursery. She was known as Grandma PKU and she assisted in many PKU clinics for nearly 20 years. Her consistent volunteering earned her many Volunteer of the Year awards for many of these organizations.
Irene is survived by her daughter, Cathy (Dan) Breedon; grandchildren, Courtney (Troy) Turnley and Kyle Forman; great-grandchildren, Alex and Laura Turnley; 2 great-great grandchildren; brother, Loren (JoEllen) Hansen; and many other loving relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Harold; parents, Harry and Elsa; son, Robert; grandson, Kelly; and sister, Lorraine Schultheisz.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.