Phyllis Ihrke, 94, died Thursday, February 25, 2016, at St. Crispin’s Villa in Red Wing.

Phyllis Margaret Ihrke was born January 8, 1922 in Viola Township, Olmsted County
to Otto and Freida (Bierbaum) Urban. Phyllis was baptized February 26, 1922 and
confirmed November 10, 1935 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church north of
Eyota. She graduated from Eyota High School and attended Secretarial School in
Rochester. On November 16, 1945 she married Harold V. Ihrke at St. Paul’s. They
farmed in the Eyota area for 33 years, retiring and moving into Eyota in 1978. In June
of 2000, they moved to Red Wing. They wintered in Arizona for many years. Harold
died April 1, 2004. Phyllis continued to live in Red Wing, and on October 9, 2010 she
married Gordon Selander. Gordon died November 2, 2013. During her life in Eyota,
she was a longtime member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ and the women’s
guild. She was also a member of the Eyota American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the
Hiawatha Chapter of Ex-POW’S. Phyllis enjoyed sewing, reading, traveling, dancing
and playing cards.

Phyllis is survived by her children, Gary (Deanna) Ihrke of Spring Valley, MN., Grant
(Connie) Ihrke of Wimauma, FL, Mark C. (Nancy) Ihrke of Garner, IA., Leah (Todd)
Siewert of Red Wing, MN., and Layne (Lisa) Ihrke of Rochester, MN., grandchildren;
Rochelle (Joe) Braun, Todd (Nadia) Ihrke, Chad (Christy) Ihrke, Craig Ihrke and
fiancé Ashley Christian-Koep, Ryan (Jessica) Ihrke, Kevin (Mindy) Ihrke, Kelly (Tyler)
Jansen, Daniel (Megan) Ihrke, Kyle (Emma) Siewert, Kristie (Jon) Peterson, Michael
Ihrke and Madison Ihrke, great-grandchildren; Megan Braun, Madeline Braun,
Nicholas Braun, Emma-Lee Ihrke, Stephan Ihrke, Alexander Ihrke, Rebecca (Becca)
Ihrke, Carter Ihrke, Katherine Ihrke, Cecilia Ihrke, Elijah Jansen, Jordan Jansen and
Isabelle Ihrke, step great-grandchildren; Hayden and Noah Scharmer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands and one sister; Marion

Funeral service is Monday, February 29, 2016, 11:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s United Church
of Christ north of Eyota, with Rev. Jean Boese and Rev. Kristen Schlauderaff
officiating. Burial is at the Church Cemetery. Visitation is Monday, 10 a.m. till the time
of the service at the church
Schad & Zabel Funeral Home, 57 3rd St SW, Plainview, MN, 55964, 507-534-2003