Irene Gasper
 - 1/30/2005

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Irene Gasper, 84, of Columbus died Sunday, January 30, 2005 at Beverly Health Care in Columbus. Funeral services are 10:30 am Wednesday at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Columbus. Visitation is on Tuesday from 4-7 pm at McKown Funeral Home with a Vigil service at 7 pm, also at the funeral home. Visitation continues Wednesday morning from 8-10 am at McKown Funeral Home. Interment is in St. Mary's Cemetery in David City.

Irene Louise DeBaecke was born on June 16, 1920 in David City, NE. Her parents were Julius DeBaecke and Julia M. Svoboda. Irene started grade school near David City, and in 1926 the family moved to Bethune, Colorado. In 1937 the family moved back to NE and lived in the Brainard and David City area. Irene graduated from David City High School in 1938. Irene was married November 30, 1939 to Gilbert T. Theewen at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Goodland, Kansas. They lived in David City and Irene did housework for various families in the David City area. In 1958 they moved to Columbus and Irene worked at B-D's until her retirement in 1983. Gilbert T. Theewen died April 24, 1986. On April 7, 1990 Irene married Gilbert V. Gasper at St. Isidore Church in Columbus. Gilbert V. Gasper died April 26, 1991. Irene resided at Edgewood Vista from September 2002 until December 2004, and Beverly Healthcare since December 26, 2004. She was a member of St. Bonaventure Church where she was involved in Perpetual Adoration and her neighborhood rosary group. She enjoyed working in her yard, gardening, polka music, and dancing.

Survived by:
Daughter--Christina (Dennis) Rieker of Painesville, OH
Grandson--G. Ted Theewen of Freeport, Illinois
Granddaughter--Patty Theewen of Iowa City, Iowa
Granddaughter--Nancy (Michael) McMillin of Mentor, OH
Granddaughter--Brenda (Jason) Koenig of Painesville, OH
Great-granddaughter--Raven Margret Theewen of South Korea
Great-granddaughter--Samantha Ann McMillin of Mentor, OH
Brother--Ivan J. DeBaecke of Charleston, SC
Stepson--Donald Gasper of Lindsay, NE
Stepson--Erwin Gasper of Columbus, NE
Stepdaughter--Norma Jean Hamling of Columbus, NE
Stepdaughter--Helen (Frank) Policky of Cozad, NE
Step grandchildren--many
Step great-grandchildren--many

Preceded in death by:
First husband, Gilbert T. Theewen, April 24, 1986
Second husband, Gilbert V. Gasper, April 26, 1991
Son, Gilbert M. Theewen, March 30, 1994
Granddaughter, Deborah A. Rieker, December 20, 1988
Step-daughter, Darlene Drown, October 12, 1991
Father, Julius DeBaecke, September 6, 1982
Mother, Julia M. Svoboda, November 21, 1942
Brother, Charles I. DeBaecke, August 15, 1995
Sister, Louise M. Salanitro, December 20, 1968
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