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Irene J. Pearson

Irene J. Pearson

Sept. 11, 1911 - Nov. 12, 2008

DARWIN -- Irene J. Pearson, 97, of Darwin, died Wednesday at the Emmanuel Nursing Home in Litchfield.

The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Church of St. John in Darwin. Burial will be in the St. John Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home in Litchfield and one hour prior to the service Monday at the church.

She was born Sept. 11, 1911, on the family farm near Darwin to John and Barbara (Stern) Schoolmeesters. She attended school near Darwin through the seventh grade until her family moved to California. She graduated from Anaheim High School in Anaheim, Calif., in 1929. She attended two years of business school and then worked as a chauffeur for two Catholic priests in southern California. She moved back to Darwin with her parents in 1934, and they returned to farming their land.

She married Victor Pearson on Dec. 27, 1938, in Darwin. They farmed and ran a dairy operation. She did the bookkeeping for the family business.

She is survived by her five sons: Dale (and Vicki) Pearson of St. Charles, Lamont (and Nancy) Pearson of Darwin, Harold (and Pat) Pearson of Stillwater, Charles Pearson of Key West, Fla., and Rick (and Lorinda) Pearson of Eden Prairie; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1989 and three grandchildren.