Irma L. Volbrecht, March 1, 1929 - May 12, 2019

Irma L. Volbrecht
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Irma Amelia Louise Volbrecht, 90, died Sunday, May 12, 2019 peacefully at the Colfax Health and Rehabilitation Center.  She had been a resident there for the past four years.

Irma was the first-born child of George and Amanda (Kleist) Schumacher on March 1, 1929.  Irma grew up in rural Fall Creek and married Gerald (Bud) Volbrecht on November 17, 1946.  Irma and Bud bought a farm in the Town of Union.  There they farmed and raised five sons in the family farming tradition.  Irma was a lifelong member of Epiphany Lutheran Church.

Irma was always busy on the farm.  She raised a huge garden and canned the produce for her family.  She was a fantastic cook.  She was always helping on the farm with chores and projects.  As her family grew, she passed her canning and cooking skills to her children and grandchildren.  Her cook book collection was a treasure to all. 

Irma had a tremendous sense of humor.  She loved music and dancing.  Her kids and grandkids all danced in the kitchen with her, especially the Polka. 

Irma is survived by her sons, Gale of Menomonie, Dennis (Anne) of Fall Creek, and David (Katy McKee) of Menomonie; grandchildren, Aaron, Laura, and Jason Volbrecht, Tamara (Darren) Schlewitz, Christine (Tristan) Seidl, Eric, Adam, and Carrie Volbrecht; great grandchildren, Isaac, Amelia, and Carly Volbrecht, Cullen and Jillian Schlewitz, and Kyra and Evan Seidl.  She is further survived by her sister Irene (Herb) Horlacher, sisters-in-law Mildred Peuse and Shirley (Don) Falsch and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Irma was preceded in death by her husband, Bud; her oldest son, Gary; and youngest son, Jim; as well as her parents and brother. 

Irma was a great mom, grandma, and great grandma.  It was only fitting that she should get her wings on Mother’s Day. 

Funeral service will take place at 1 pm on Friday, May 17, 2019 at Hulke Family Funeral Home with Pastor Fred Sauder officiating.  Visitation will take place at the funeral home on Friday from 11 am until the time of service. Burial will take place in the Lakeview Cemetery immediately following the funeral service.

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Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements. 


  1. Andrea Volbrecht May 17, 2019

    Sending much love to all the Volbrecht family.
    Grandma Irma was one of the sweetest most gentle woman I have ever met. She made a beautiful impact on my life, especially because Great Granddaughter Millie Volbrecht was named after her, my daughter, Amelia Louise Volbrecht. So sorry for this loss, she was one of a kind. Sending my condolences, thoughts and prayers.

    Andrea D. Volbrecht

  2. Phil & Meredith Seidl May 16, 2019

    Tristan, Christy, and extended family; Phil and I are so sorry for the loss of grandma. It sounds like she lived a wonderful life, surrounded and loved by her family. Peace and healing to you all.
    Phil & Meredith Seidl

  3. Ronald Belden May 15, 2019

    My condolences to Gale, Dennis, Dave, and the entire Volbrecht family for the loss of this wonderful lady. For me, her passing represents the last of the "Old Guard" from my youthful days in the town of Union. I will always remember Irma's cheerful, laughing ways and her warning to this young boy on a visit to the farm many, many years ago. She advised me to "Watch out for the ducken poon!" I don't know if I spelled it correctly, but that's how it sounded at the time. And I still remember the laugh she got out of it when she translated the meaning to me. Just ask her boys!
    I hope Irma is at peace now and reunited with her boys that went on before her.

    Ron Belden