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Irene Edna Bicknese Dobling Sobotka
July 2, 1916–June 24, 2008
Irene E. Sobotka, 91, of Oxford Junction, Iowa, died Tuesday, June 24, 2008, at the Clarence Nursing Home in Clarence, Iowa, following a lengthy illness.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, June 28, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oxford Junction. Burial will be in the Lost Nation Cemetery, Lost Nation, Iowa. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Lahey Funeral Home in Oxford Junction, where a vigil service will be held at 8:00 p.m. Memorials are preferred.
Irene Edna Bicknese was born on July 2, 1916, in rural Massillon, Iowa, the daughter of William C. and Charlotte (Deahn) Bicknese. She attended German Lutheran Schools in Lowden, Iowa.
She married Lowell R. Dobling. He died in 1957. She later married Arnold Sobotka on August 8, 1959, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lost Nation.
Irene was a homemaker and had worked with Arnold at Sobtka Insurance Agency.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oxford Junction, Sanctuary Guild and the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed gardening, playing bingo and cards, dancing and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Arnold Sobotka of Oxford Junction; one son, Robert Dobling of Marion; a daughter-in-law, Barb Dobling of Oxford Junction; 5 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; and 2 sisters-in-law, Ethel Bicknese of Lost Nation and Eleanor Bicknese of Oxford Junction.

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Source: Midland Times, Wyoming, Iowa, 27 June 2008

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