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WATERTOWN, Wis. — Irene J. Fosdal, 96, of Watertown passed away Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, at Marquardt Health Center.

Irene was born Aug. 30, 1921, in Eagle Grove, Iowa, the daughter of John Emil and Mary (VanHouten) Hazemann. She married Alfred Fosdal Aug. 8, 1940, in Decorah, Iowa, and the two enjoyed 62 years of marriage together until his death in 2002. The two were also blessed with three wonderful children. Irene lived a full life. She worked for Eaton Corporation as a laborer for 21 years, retiring in 1981. Irene loved traveling; she spent time in many countries over the years. She also loved dancing in her younger years. Her family says that she is most certainly dancing in heaven. Later in life, she enjoyed ceramics and crafting. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and she will be dearly missed by her family.

Irene is survived by her three children, Dennis Fosdal, Jeannette Schuenemann and David (Linda) Fosdal; her 10 grandchildren; and her 23 great-grandchildren; brother, Arthur Hazemann; and sister, Mildred Piasecki.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alfred; two brothers; and three sisters.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11, at Pederson-Nowatka Funeral Home in Watertown, with the Rev. Rodney Warnecke of St. John’s Lutheran Church Watertown presiding. A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service Monday at the funeral home. Interment will follow the service at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watertown.

Pederson-Nowatka Funeral Home is serving the family. To place an online condolence, please visit

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