Irene F. Petry, 79, St. Anthony

Irene PetryIrene F. Petry, 79 of St. Anthony, died Wednesday (December 4) at her home. She was born April 25, 1934, in English to Ollie and Ruth (Young) Patton. She married Edward J. Petry February 28, 1953, at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He preceded her in death on March 5, 1972.

Irene was a homemaker and worked for Scenic Hills Retirement Community at Ferdinand, Professional Care Retirement Community in Dale, and for the Holiday Inn in Jasper. She was a member of the American Legion Post 493 Auxiliary. She enjoyed hunting for four leaf clovers, ginseng, yellowroot, and mushrooms. She also enjoyed gardening, and visiting with the grandkids.

Surviving are two daughters, Donna Brown and husband John, Otwell, and Linda Martindale, Jasper; five sons, Michael Petry and wife Daria, St. Anthony, Edward Petry and wife Darlinda, Winslow, David Petry and wife Tonya “Lynn”, Birdseye, Bill Petry, St. Anthony, and Keith Petry and wife Tammy, Evansville; 29 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Anna Grimes and Mary Faye Bath, both of English; and one brother, John Patton and wife Lois, Huntingburg.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one son, Donald Petry, one great-granddaughter, Anna Pauckner, two sisters, Barbara Patton and Bernice Mills, and two brothers, Ollie Patton Jr, and Jess Patton.

Funeral services at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Anthony Catholic Church in St. Anthony, with burial following in St. Anthony Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel and one hour before services on Monday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony Catholic Church, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at


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