Irene Florea

Irene Florea, 92, of Jefferson died Sunday, February 7, 2016 at the Greene County Long Term Care Facility in Jefferson, Iowa.

A visitation with her family was held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10, at the Brown Funeral Home in Jefferson.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., February 12, at the Price Funeral Home in Maryville, Missouri with Rev. Gordon Moen of the Jefferson Presbyterian Church officiating.  A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will be next to her husband in the Long Branch Cemetery in Gaynor, Mo.  Serving as casket bearers will be Doug Chapman, John Florea, Zack Florea, Brian Frantum, Marvin Florea and Roger Florea.  Honorary bearers are Bill Chapman and Chaylin Wuebker.

Irene Florea, the daughter of Ray Joseph and Leona Garland (Mayfield) Cordell, was born July 16, 1923 at Pine Bluffs, Wyoming and departed this life February 7, 2016.  She lived a full life to the age of 92 years, 6 months and 21 days.  Irene started school in Pine Bluffs and when she was in 8th grade her family moved to Gaynor, Mo. She graduated from high school in Hopkins, Mo.  She later attended and graduated from beauty school in Parkville, Mo.  On December 21, 1944, Irene Cordell was united in marriage to John William (J.W.) Florea at Troy, Kansas. Two children were born to this union, Sam and Janiece.  They moved to Waco, Texas where J.W. was convalescing from war time injuries.  After J.W. recovered, they moved to Maryville and later to Pickering, Mo. where they farmed. They then moved to Hopkins, Mo. where Irene worked as a bookkeeper for the Rosecran Chevrolet Car dealership.  In 1968, they moved to Jefferson and later to Madrid.  J.W. died in 1971 and Irene moved to Perry where she worked for the Sloan Monument Works in Perry and Jefferson.  In 1993, she moved back to Jefferson and in 2002 lived with her son, Sam and his wife, Kathi until 2012 when she became a resident of the Greene County Care Facility.  Irene was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Jefferson and during her life she enjoyed flowers and gardening.  Irene and J.W. also enjoyed going out and square dancing.

Irene is survived by her children: a son, Sam Florea and his wife, Kathi of Jefferson and a daughter, Janiece Schuttler of Boone; four grand-children and their spouses: Elizabeth (Brian) Frantum, William Robert (Lois) Chapman, Douglas Randall (Jan) Chapman and John Lyle (Nancy) Florea; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a brother, Eldon Ray Cordell of St. Joseph, Mo.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, J.W. in February of 1971; two sisters, Evelyn Brown and Elaine Wake; a brother, John Cordell; and a son-in-law, Lester Schuttler.

Brown Funeral Home, (515) 386-4125.

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