Irma Osmundson

Irma Osmundson



Irma Eileen Osmundson, 84, of West Union, Iowa died Sunday, September 26, 2021 in her home. She was born February 22, 1937 to Irvin and Evanna (Schweinefus) Anfinson at home in rural Ossian, Iowa. She graduated from Ossian High School in 1954. On September 14, 1958, Irma was united in marriage to Gordon Osmundson at Stavanger Lutheran Church, rural Ossian. They lived in the Ossian and West Union areas throughout their entire marriage, and three children were born to the couple. Gordon passed away on October 26, 2000.

Irma was baptized and confirmed at the Stavanger Lutheran Church, and attended First Lutheran Church, rural Ossian, as well as St. Olaf Lutheran Church in West Union, prior to joining the Zion Lutheran Church in West Union, IA. At the Zion Lutheran Church, she was a member of the Hannah Circle, serving as Secretary for part of the time. She enjoyed tying quilts at Do Days on Mondays with the ladies when she could. She was also very involved in putting together the health and baby care kits and school kits as part of the Lutheran World Relief project for the church for several years.

Irma worked at Wessel’s Dime Store in Ossian prior to marriage. After they were married, she helped Gordon on the farm until 1964. When they moved to West Union, she worked as a part-time clerk at several local dime stores throughout the years. She enjoyed helping customers at Karbon’s Dime Store, Robinson’s Variety Store, and D’Fay’s, all located in West Union. She was also a loving and devoted housewife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

Irma’s favorite pastime was spending time with her family. While Gordon was living, they spent many nights camping and even more days fishing. She also enjoyed playing cards, shopping, going to family bonfires, making crafts, going to garage sales, taking spontaneous “road trips” with family, attending grandchildren’s activities and sports, doing Christmas baking with the granddaughters, and watching basketball. She was always ready to ride along when invited and really enjoyed her time with others. 

Irma is survived by her children: Derwin (Dawn) Osmundson, West Union, IA, Elaine Hanson (Arlin Baade), West Union, IA and Sharon (Lowell) Houg, Elgin, IA, grandchildren; Dacia (Jason) Tague, Marion, IA, Dan (Krista) Osmundson, Marquette, IA, Jenna Houg, Decorah, IA, Thomas Hanson, Cedar Falls, IA and Quinton Houg, Clermont, IA; great grandchildren, Greysen Caya, Emerlyn Osmundson, Stellan Houg, and Leiran Osmundson; brother and sister-in-law, Dean and Jean Anfinson, Decorah, IA; sisters-in-law, Gail Anfinson, Hawkeye, IA, and Marjorie Kruger, Postville, IA and several nieces, nephews, and close family friend, DiAnn Evenson.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Gordon Osmundson; her parents, Irvin and Evanna Anfinson; her in-laws, Knut and Stella Osmundson; her brother, Dennis Anfinson, and her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Wendell and Irene Peck, Orville and Jane Osmundson, Emmett and Shirley Kruger, and Jeanette Rutten.

Visitation was held from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at Burnham-Wood-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in West Union, Iowa. There was a one hour visitation before services at the church on Thursday.

Funeral Service were held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at Zion Lutheran Church in West Union, Iowa with Rev. Duane Miller as the officiant.

Burial followed in the West Union Cemetery in West Union, Iowa.

Burnham-Wood-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of West Union, Iowa is assisting the family with arrangements.

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