In Memory of Irene Rose Van Houten

Irene  Rose Van Houten
Irene Rose Van Houten
Born: January 25, 1933
Died: March 23, 2017
Age: 84
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Irene Rose Van Houten
January 25, 1933 - March 23, 2017
From: Battle Creek, IA

Irene Rose Van Houten, age 84, of Battle Creek, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at the Willow Dale Wellness Village of Battle Creek, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek, Iowa. The Reverend Kevin J. Freese will officiate; with committal services immediately following in the Mount Hope Cemetery of Battle Creek, Iowa. A visitation will be held from 5:00 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek, Iowa. The Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Battle Creek & Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online to

Irene Rose Van Houten was born January 25, 1933 in Ida County, the daughter of John and Rose (Schuett) Frandsen. She attended school in Correctionville, Sioux City, and Battle Creek, Iowa.


On July 6, 1949 she married David Bruce “Bud” Van Houten and to this union were born three sons.  They farmed for 34 years before retirement to the town of Battle Creek.

Irene was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Battle Creek and a 52 year member of the Ladies Country Club. She enjoyed playing all types of card games, her flowers, and her family.


Survivors include sons Alan and wife Barbara of Ida Grove, Iowa, Duane and wife Virginia of Newburgh, Indiana, and Douglas and wife Debra of Battle Creek, Iowa; ten grandchildren Tricia Widlund and husband Justin, Ryan Van Houten, Molly Hartman and husband Brian, Beth Slimko and husband Gabe, Sarah Chapman and husband Andy, Kenny Van Houten and wife Kayla, Josh Van Houten and wife Christie, Keely Goettsch and husband Alan, Aaron Van Houten and wife Amanda, Justin Van Houten, and three step grandchildren, Greg, Michelle and Christen, and 21 great grandchildren.

She was also survived by a brother Walter “Darrell” Frandsen and wife Nancy from Louisville, Kentucky, , one sister Mary Schultz and her husband John from Kiron, Iowa, one sister-in-laws Karen Frandsen from Cherokee, Iowa.

                She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bruce “Bud” Van Houten, brothers Bill Frandsen and John Leo Frandsen and his wife Rachel, uncle and aunt Art and Grace Frandsen.


10:00 a.m., Wednesday
March 29, 2017

First Presbyterian Church
Battle Creek, Iowa


Reverend Kevin J. Freese


Ryan Van Houten
Justin Widlund
Brian Hartman
Andy Chapman
Joshua Van Houten
Aaron Van Houten
Justin Van Houten
Alan Goettsch

Honorary Pallbearers
Duane Harrison
Gordon Morrice
Raymond Johnson
Henry Brueck
Vincent Susie
Le Moine Van Houten
Eldon Nippert
Chris Frandsen


5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.,
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

First Presbyterian Church
Battle Creek, Iowa


"On The Wings of A Snow White Dove"
"Each Step I Take"

Vocalist: Dixie Brueck
Pianist: Mary Jo Watson


Mount Hope Cemetery
Battle Creek, Iowa


Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 3:24 PM
“My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. She was a very nice lady.
God's Blessings.”
- Jerry Boger
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 3:24 PM
“I'm sorry to hear about Irene. She was a very nice lady to be around and always smiling and above all a very good friend to my grandma. Sorry I'm not able to make to the services but you are all in my prayers.”
- Janice Tietsort Calhoon
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 3:23 PM
“My prayers are with you all as you honor the life of Irene. She was a woman of strength, courage and perseverance who was a role model to all who knew her. ”
- Laurie Wright
Monday, March 27, 2017 at 10:21 PM
“Sending our love and thoughts this is never easy saying goodbye to someone so special to you. We know she will be very missed because she was very loved! ”
- Abby & Phil Walleck
Monday, March 27, 2017 at 10:21 PM
“Alan, Doug and families. So sorry to hear about Irene. She went to sleep and woke up with God and Bud. May God bless all of you. Time and faith heals sorry. Again, sorry for your loss.”
- Byron Hartwig
Monday, March 27, 2017 at 10:21 PM
“Our deepest sympathies in the loss of your mother. Irene was such a dear person and we all enjoyed visiting with her. Both of your parents were so good to our mother (Leola Throne) and all of us Throne 'kids' really appreciated it. May your memories of her sustain you during this difficult time.”
- Marlen and Judy Pellersels
Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 1:33 PM
“My deepest sympathies. May you find comfort in your memories and strength from your faith, family and friends to help ease the pain and sorrow. Thoughts and prayers!”
- Diana (Jensen) Sexton
Friday, March 24, 2017 at 9:26 PM
“Irene was an incredibly great lady. I learned a lot from her. She will be missed tremendously. Gods blessings to the family.”
- Beverly Loof
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