Irma Ashbacher

Irma M. Ashbacher, 100, of Caledonia, MN passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at Caledonia Care and Rehab. Funeral services were held Saturday, August 1 at St. Luke’s United Church of Christ in Eitzen, MN, with Pastor Michael McCann officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Irma was born June 10, 1915 in Union City Township in Allamakee County to Henry and Caroline (Koenig) Beneke and grew up in Sleepy Hollow. March 4, 1935, Irma married Milton Ashbacher at the Wheatland Church, Union City Township, Allamakee County. She was employed as a nurse’s aide and worked at the hospitals in both Waukon and Caledonia.
Irma and Milton farmed in Union City Township for many years. He preceded her in death December 21, 1965. Irma enjoyed flowers and gardening.
Survivors include two children, Shirley (Richard) Meyer of Ridgeway and Gary (Jean) Ashbacher of Eden Prairie, MN; one daughter-in-law, Barb Ashbacher of Cedar Rapids; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; three step-great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to her husband, Irma was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Garland; four sisters; and one brother.
Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home and Crematory, Caledonia Chapel assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at


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