Irene R. Wendholt, 89, Ferdinand

Irene R. Wendholt, 89, of Ferdinand, passed away Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand.

Irene was born February 7, 1930, in Saint Meinrad to Oscar and Maria Matilda (Werne) Vaal. She was united in marriage to Robert L. Wendholt on October 14, 1950, in Saint Meinrad Archabbey Church. He preceded her in death on June 11, 1996.

Irene was a member of Christ the King Parish-Saint Ferdinand Church.

She was a hairdresser for many years. She and her husband Robert (Bob) were co-owners of The Covered Bridge Tavern from 1955 to 1970, and owners of Bob’s Liquors from 1970 to 1992.

She enjoyed “Red hat” gatherings, flowers, traveling and sports activities.

Surviving are three sons, Gary (Geri) Wendholt and Rick (Sue) Wendholt, both of Ferdinand, and Sam Wendholt of Indianapolis; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one brother, Edgar Vaal of Ferdinand.

Irene was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Everett Persohn; one sister Mildred (Hagedorn) Leggett; and two brothers, Alvin and Eugene Vaal.

A mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 2, in St. Ferdinand Church, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

Friends may call at the church from 8 a.m. until service time.

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