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Irene BretzDecember 6, 1922 – November 14, 2004

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Irene Bretz was born to Richard Leander and Minnie (Lohoff) Morgan on a farm near Dighton, Kan., on Dec. 6, 1922. She attended rural grade school for several years, then completed high school in the Dighton school system in 1941. On Aug. 24, 1941, she married Gerald Bretz, who was engaged in teaching and farming. After her husband was called to service, she followed him to California and back to Kansas. In California, she worked at various jobs, attended UCLA, and worked in a defense plant until the end of the war. After the war they moved to Wichita, Kan. After living in Wichita for 10 years, they moved to Scott City, Kan., and stayed there for 25 years, where she had a small business and was also a licensed real estate sales woman. Upon retirement in 1982 the couple moved to Glenwood Springs, where they built a house and had spent the winters traveling. ln 2000, Irene began suffering from spinal stinosis, which became increasingly painful. She died of complications on Sunday, Nov. 14, at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Janet Kollman, of Woodston, Kan., and a grandson, Martin Kollman, of Hays, Kan.Farnum-Holt Funeral Home, 405 W. Seventh St., Glenwood Springs, is in charge of arrangements.Farnum-Holt Funeral Home, 405 W. Seventh St., Glenwood Springs, is in charge of arrangements.


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