Irene Nielsen, 95, of Mabel died Thursday, May 2, 2013, at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel.

She was born June 20, 1917 in Cedar Falls, Iowa, to John and Mary (Krogh) Nelson. She graduated from the Cedar Falls High School in 1935 and then the Iowa State Teacher's College.

She taught at the Sunny Side country school near Brandon, Iowa. She lived with a local family and it was then that she met her future husband. On Aug. 26, 1939, she married Norris Nielsen at the Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls.

She helped her husband on several different farms with milking cows and driving tractors. She also worked as the manager at the Swiss Colony cheese store in Cedar Falls and Waterloo.

They moved to the Mabel area in 1981and she has resided here since. Her husband died Feb. 5, 2008.

She was a member of the Mabel First Lutheran Church and enjoyed dancing, fishing, picnics, family reunions, flowers, gardening, embroidering, counted cross stitch, card club and cats.

She is survived by nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Norris, a sister, Ethal Schneider, and her parents.

Funeral services were held on Monday at the Mabel First Lutheran Church with the Rev. Gail George officiating. Burial was in the Quasqueton Cemetery in Quasqueton, Iowa.

Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel assisted the family with arrangements.