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309 W. Parkdale Avenue
Manistee, MI 49660
Phone: (231) 723-1117
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Irene Sparks

Irene Hazel Sparks

Monday, June 6th, 1921 - Wednesday, September 25th, 2019
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Irene Hazel Sparks of Cadillac passed away on September 25, 2019 at the Curry House in Cadillac. She was 98.
Irene was born on June 6, 1921 to Alfred and Hazel Fenton in Mesick. She attended rural schools and graduated in May 1938 from Mesick Consolidated School.
Irene married Harry (True) Sparks on June 1, 1940 at the home of her parents. They celebrated 75 years of marriage prior to his death. She worked after graduation for a period of time in Cadillac prior to her marriage. She was a farmer’s wife for the period of time they lived in Manton and also worked the Kickaway Garment Factory. They moved to Manistee in 1960 and she worked as a waitress at the Bar-B-Q Restaurant for many years. She retired in 1981. Upon retirement, she enjoyed their home in Lakeland, Florida during the winter months, playing golf and being involved in activities within their residential community.
She was a member of the Silver Creek Grange for many years and was very involved in the Buckley Old Engine Club. Irene is survived by her daughters Lola (Ron) Swanson of Cadillac, Lois (Lyle) Matteson of Manton and son Dale (Mary) Sparks of Manistee, 14 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 8 great-great grandchildren, two brothers Kenneth and Theron, along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Irene was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Earl and Howard.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Oak Grove Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 309 Parkdale Ave., Manistee, MI. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Manistee Senior Center, 457 River St., Manistee, MI 49660, Hospice of Michigan, 932 N. Mitchell St., Cadillac, MI 49601, or Buckley Old Engine Club, C/O Ron Decker, 16585 230th Ave., Big Rapids, MI 49307.
Arrangements by Oak Grove Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Manistee. To share a photo or memory with the family, please visit Irene’s personal page at
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    Saturday, October 5th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, October 5th, 2019 11:00am
    Oak Grove Funeral Home - Manistee
    309 West Parkdale Road
    MANISTEE, MI 49660
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    Ann Ziehm officiating.


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Lois Darrow

Posted at 08:12am
Dale and family, thoughts and prayers are with you. She was a great lady and lived a great life. She raised a great family. Love Tom and Lois Darrow.

Nancy Johnson

Posted at 09:59am
Lois and family, your Mom was one of the dearest sweetest people I have ever known. It was always a joy to see her. Please know how sad it makes me to for you to have to say goodbye, even it is for a little while. She is certainly resting in the arms of Jesus. May God bless you with peace and comfort.

Pam & Bill Warren

Posted at 06:20am
Irene was a true lady, and we will miss her. She always greeted me with a smile, and sent a card with a lovely note for Christmas for many years. I am happy we saw her a few times over the past couple of years, and that she was able to come to Sue's home for the past two reunions.

Greg Fenton

Posted at 09:23pm
Dear Sparks families,

We are very sorry to hear of Aunt Irene's passing. I have had many tremendous role models over the years, and Aunt Irene was definitely among those. Christine and I will always cherish our memories of her kindness and sharp wit. We have been blessed to share time with her over the years. Our sincere condolences on her passing.

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