Irene Josephine MuenksJanuary 29, 2015
Irene Josephine Muenks, 75, of St. Martins, died Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital. She was born June 8, 1939, in Bonnots Mill, Missouri, the daughter of the late Joseph John and Opal Louise (Bonnot) Schmid. Irene was a 1957 graduate of Fatima High School in Westphalia, Missouri. She was united in marriage on April 9, 1967, at St. Louis of France Catholic Church in Bonnots Mill, Missouri, to Ronald Herbert Muenks who survives. A homemaker for most of her life, Irene volunteered at St. Martin School tutoring students. She was an active member of the St. Martin Parish where she was a member of the Quilting Club, Ladies Sodality, Prayer Line, funeral dinners committee, and Parish Council. For many years, Irene was in charge of making the gravy for the parish picnics. Irene was a talented seamstress and quilter who loved to embroider and crochet. She shared her talents by teaching 4-H members to crochet projects that took top honors at the State Fair. She also volunteered many years with the Helias Band Booster program maintaining the band uniforms. Irene also babysat for many children in the St. Martins area over the years. In addition to her husband, Irene is survived by three children, Michael (Anastasia) Muenks, California, Mo.; Rhonda Muenks, Jefferson City, Mo.; Joyce (Travis) Hoskins, St. Martins, Mo.; five grandchildren, Allison Muenks, Matthew Hoskins, Nathan Hoskins, Eva Muenks, Lucy Muenks; eight siblings, Arbell Vogel, Jefferson City, Mo.; Dorothy (Don) Welch, Jefferson City, Mo.; Emma Bonnot, Jefferson City, Mo.; Donald (Patricia) Schmid, Linn, Mo.; Vera (Don) Gerling, Jefferson City, Mo.; Ann (David) Groner, Berger, Mo.; Hilda (Leon) Eichholz, Wardsville, Mo.; Ruth (Albert) Miles, Indian Creek, Mo.; five in-laws, James (Mary Ann) Muenks, Edgewood, Wash.; Edgar (Judith) Muenks, Linn, Mo.; Mary Beth Ligibel, Florissant, Mo.; Robert (Shirley) Muenks, Jefferson City, Mo.; David Muenks, Lee's Summit, Mo.; and 57 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Rose Marie (Bernard) Dudenhoeffer; one brother, Leonard (Caroline) Schmid; and four brothers-in-law, Julius Vogel, Richard Lecure, Louis Bonnot, and Robert Ligibel. Mass of Christian Burial will be 2 p.m., Friday, January 30, 2015, at St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martins, Mo. with the Rev. Edwin A. Schmidt officiating. Burial will be in St. Martin Catholic Cemetery Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home with a prayer service at 3:30 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the St. Martin School Library, 7206 St. Martins Ave., Jefferson City, MO 65109; or to the Helias High School Band, 1305 Swifts Highway, Jefferson City, MO 65109. Those wishing to email tributes or condolences to the family may do so at the www.dulletrimble.com website.