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Irene Kangas Johnson, of Duluth, passed away Oct. 8, 2008 in Benedictine Health Care Center.

She was born July 9, 1925 to Henry and Clara Abar in Duluth.

Irene loved being a homemaker, wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed bowling, playing Tripoli with the girls on Fridays, and last but not least, 'loved washing clothes.' She enjoyed traveling to Texas with her girls to see her son Kurt.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Michael; husband, Earl W. Kangas in 1968; brothers, Leo, Edward, Lloyd; sister, Frances, Helen and Eleanor.

She is survived by daughters, Barbara (Clay) Odden, Bonnie (John) Locker, all of Duluth; son, Kurt Kangas of Rockport, Texas; sister, Bernice Gowin of Arlington, Texas; grandchildren, Kim (Bryce) Pederson, Dane (Joelle) Odden, Michael (Stacy) Locker, Derek (Angie) Locker, Christopher Locker, all of Duluth, Kurt Kangas Jr. of Dallas, Texas, Laura and Victoria Kangas all of Rockport, Texas; great grandchildren, Taylor, Kaitlyn, Joshua Locker, Mathew and Megan Locker and one on the way.

A special thank you to Dr. Clifford Blum for his caring and compassion for the family. And also a special thank you to the caring 3rd floor staff at Benedictine Health Care Center.

VISITATION: 12 noon Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008 until the 1 p.m. service in Sunrise Funeral Home. Rev. Joseph Koranda officiating. Interment Forest Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are by Sunrise Memorial Park Funeral Home, Hermantown, MN.