Irene Lucille Young

Irene Lucille Young, age 99 of Viroqua, died Sunday November 24, 2019.


Sample ImageIrene Lucille Young, age 99 of Viroqua, died Sunday, November 24, 2019 at Vernon Manor in Viroqua, surrounded by her loving family.



Irene was born April 25, 1920 in Vernon County to Tenny and Mae (Tally) Ostrem. She attended Weber School and was both, baptized and confirmed, at Bad Axe Lutheran Church, where she later taught Sunday school. Irene worked for neighbors and  Forrest & Irene O’Connor. She cooked at Hokey’s Root Beer Stand and at the Sunway Restaurant.


On March 11, 1942 Irene married, the love of her life, Leslie ‘Jiggs’ Young at the Bad Axe Church. They were blessed with four children Alene, Patricia, Susan and Randy. They bought her parents home farm on Dach Ridge where they farmed together for some 30 plus years until they retired and moved to town. Together they enjoyed euchre and dancing. Irene loved to bake and cook and she made the ‘worlds best buns’. She collected ‘Birds’, (Quite by accident not by desire). She became a faithful member of the Viroqua Church of Christ in 2008. She was a member of the ‘Homemakers’ and Bad Axe Church Circle. She was a past president of the local Eagles Auxiliary and a member of the VFW Auxiliary. She had three very special friends, Kelly Gabrielson, Sally Roth, and Betty Cox. God bless our memories of Irene.


Irene is survived by her children, Alene (Douglas) Hanson, Patricia (Wayne) Oldenburg, and Randy (April) Young; seven grandchildren, Tammy, Tonia, Michael, Sarah, Matthew, Daniel and Vanna; 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; five nieces and nephews, Rhonda, Sandra, Mark, Barbara, and Todd.


She was preceded in in death by her husband, Leslie; her daughter, Susan Shore; parents, Tenny and Mae Ostrem; her brothers, Rufus and Maynard Ostrem; half brother, Telmer Christianson; and sister-in-law, Yvonne Lueth.


Funeral Services for Irene will be Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Church of Christ, 825 Nelson Pkwy in Viroqua. Associate Pastor Andrew Pratt will officiate. Burial will follow the service at the Viroqua Cemetery. Friends may call during a visitation at the church one-hour prior to the service from 10 to 11 AM.


In lieu of flowers or plants memorials can be made to Viroqua Church of Christ or to the charity of the donor’s choice in Irene’s name.


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The Vosseteig-Larson Funeral Home, 123 W. Decker (Hwy.56W), in Viroqua is serving the family. (608) 637-2100.

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