Irene was born on Sept. 24, 1928, in rural Goessel to Herman and Elizabeth (Enz) Voth. She grew up on the Voth farm, which was southwest of Goessel.
She married Milferd Janzen on May 23, 1948, at the Alexanderwold Mennonite Church in rural Moundridge. After their wedding, they moved to a 40-acre farm east of Goessel to build their home. He passed away on April 3, 2003, after 54 years of marriage.
Irene enjoyed many things throughout her life. She loved her family, gardening, baking, sewing, needlework, embroidery, working jigsaw puzzles and keeping a neat and tidy home. She took great pride in her volunteer work at Botanica-Community Gardens of Wichita. She volunteered there for almost twenty years planting flower bulbs and weeding flower beds. She was an expert and dedicated “Weeder” who never crossed paths with a weed she did not pull at her home or at Botanica. Irene was an active member of the Faith Mennonite Church of Newton for over sixty years. She was dedicated and active on the Music Committee and was involved in the choir, sang solos and in the small groups Mission Circle. Lawn mowing was a valued role in maintaining her home and also turned into a business for more than twenty years until she retired at age sixty-five. She loved travel. The family took extensive family vacations and she and her husband took numerous bus trips across Canada and the USA when they were empty nesters.
She is survived by her children, Ladene and Don Herrick, Bonnie and Ron Hanser, Ken and Melodie Janzen; brother: Marvin Voth; sister: Martha Voth; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Milfred Janzen; parents Herman and Elizabeth Voth; four sisters; two brothers; and a grandson Jeffrey Herrick.
A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, at the Kidron Bethel Chapel in North Newton. A private committal service is scheduled prior to the service.
A memorial has been established with Botanica-Community Gardens, 701 Amidon St., Wichita, KS 67203.
Petersen Funeral Home in Newton is in charge of arrangements.