Irene Riesenberg

Irene E. Riesenberg, age 88 years, of New London, passed away on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at the New London Family Medical Center.

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The former Irene Elsie Martha Schulke was born on November 28, 1924 in the Town of Almond, Portage County, to Emil and Ida (Nowak) Schulke.  On November 28, 1940 she was united in marriage to William R. Heineman in Manawa.  The couple dairy farmed, raised seven children, and her husband passed away in 1964.  On October 12, 1969 she married Roy F. Riesenberg at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, New London.   Over the years, Irene had lived in Manawa, Bear Creek, Marion, New London, Shawano, and Clintonville.  During that time, she cooked at various restaurants in the New London and Shawano area, retiring in the mid 1980's.  Irene's second husband preceded her in death in 1997 and she settled in New London in 1998.  Irene was a longtime member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Clintonville.  Her interests included fishing, flowers, crocheting, gardening, and she especially enjoyed spending time with family.

Survivors include six children; Betty (Vernon) Knapp of Arizonia, Patricia (special friend Orv) Shaw of Bear Creek, Eric (Bonnie) Heineman of Bear Creek, Connie (Norval) Swinford III of New London, Frederick (Carol) Heineman of Shiocton, and Gregory (fiancee Katie) Heineman of New London.  There are 26 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.  There is a sister, Arlene Roland of New London, a sister, Mildred (Harlan) Loken of Iola, a sister, Delores (LeRoy) Armon of Ogdensburg, and a brother, Martin (Pat) Schulke of Weyauwega.  She is further survived by two sisters-in-law, Audrey Schulke of Waupaca & Janice Schulke of Manawa, two daughters-in-law, Delores & Sherri, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, William, her second husband, Roy, a son, William Heineman, two grandsons, Todd & Steven Shaw, a son-in-law, Sam Shaw, two brothers, Gordon Schulke & Maynard Schulke, and a brother-in-law, Rudy Roland.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at New London Family Medical Center and St. Joseph Residence for the wonderful and compassionate care given to Irene.

   Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 12th at 11:00 AM at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Clintonville.  Rev. Ryan Schlicht will officiate and burial will be at Greenleaf Cemetery in Marion.  Friends may call on Saturday from 9:00 AM until time of service at the church.  The Beil-Didier Funeral Home, Clintonville, is assisting the family.  Online condolences may be sent via