Irene L. Rabe


Irene L. Rabe, 84, of Shelby, passed away Thursday, May 30, 2019 at home. She was born May 22, 1935 in Montague, the daughter of George and Louise (Ramthun) Friday.

Irene moved to Benona Township upon her marriage to Harold Rabe Sept. 15, 1956. Before getting married she was employed at Anaconda. After marriage, she worked at Dupont before taking up full-time homemaking and helping on the family farm. Later in life, Irene served as treasurer for Benona Township.

She was a member of New Era Reformed Church. She enjoyed square dancing with Harold in the Melody Mates for over 20 years. Irene loved get-togethers with family and friends, playing cards and taking care of her flowers and garden. She also enjoyed watching hummingbirds at her home.

She is survived by her husband, Harold; her children, David (Sharon) Rabe, Diane Rabe, Raymond (Cheryl) Rabe, Sharon (John) Rapes and Chris (Jessica) Rabe; her grandchildren, Carl Rabe and fiancé, Sarah Green, John (Melanie) Rabe, Jessica (Jeremy) Gendron, Michael Rabe (and Jessica Mae Smith), Mary Rabe (and Justin Ross), Crystal (Jeff) Wilkinson, Kerri Rapes, John “Brian” Rapes, Kristy Rapes, Ryan Rabe and Brandon Rabe; and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, three infant brothers and her sister, Beverly Matejovsky.

Visitation was Sunday, June 2, 4-7 p.m. at Harris Funeral Home and Monday, June 3, beginning at 10 a.m. at New Era Reformed Church with the funeral to follow at 11 a.m. also at the church. Please consider Crystal Valley Care Fund, P.O. Box 451, Hart, MI 49420 or New Era Reformed Church, P.O. Box 5, New Era, MI 49446 as a memorial. Arrangements by Harris Funeral Home, Shelby