Irene E. Eichstadt, 94, of Preston, died Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, of natural causes at Mayo Clinic Hospital-Rochester, Saint Marys Campus where she had been a patient for one day.

Irene Ethlyn Lee was born June 25, 1919, in Dolliver, Iowa, to George and Dena (nee Lee) Lee.

She grew up in Sanborn, attended school there, graduating from Sanborn High School in 1939.

She was married on May 11, 1940, in Sanborn, to Harvey L. Eichstadt. Following their marriage, the couple farmed in rural Walnut Grove for many years. They retired in 1990 and moved to Mission, Texas, but continued to spend the summer months at their farm home in Walnut Grove. They moved to Stewartville in March 2000.

Her husband died June 22, 2000. She moved to Chatfield that same year. In 2013, she moved to Preston to live near her son.

She attended the Chatfield Lutheran Church while living there. She had always been an active member of Ladies Circles in the Lutheran churches she and her husband had attended through the years prior. She was an avid reader, enjoyed gardening and had started painting in her later years. She enjoyed time spent with family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandson.

She is survived by her son, Richard (Linda) of Bloomington and Preston; three granddaughters, Andrea (Michael) Neurerburg, Christina Eichstadt and Brooke Eichstadt (Shawn Farnham); great-grandson, Max; two sisters, Charlotte (Bob) Davis of Broomfield, Colo., and Bernice Sykora of Windom and one brother, Willard (Shirley) Lee of Sandwich, Ill.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey, three sisters and five brothers.

The funeral service for her was held on Saturday, Jan. 25, at Chatfield Lutheran Church in Chatfield, with the Rev. Mark Docken officiating. Burial followed at Crestlawn Memorial Gardens in Redwood Falls.

The family suggests memorials to the Chatfield Lutheran Church.

Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville assisted the family with the funeral arrangements.