Irene Z. Hart, 98

MASON CITY – Irene Z. Hart, 98, of Mason City, died Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at the Heritage Care Center. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 PM on Saturday, April 6, 2013, at the Church of Christ, 501 Commercial Street Union, IA, with Rev. Rick Schill officiating. Interment will be at the Hillside Cemetery in State Center, IA. Visitation will be from 5:00 PM 7:00 PM on Friday, April 5, 2013 at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Avenue Mason City, IA. Memorials may be directed to the Irene Hart memorial fund in care of the family. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Irene was born May 18, 1914, in Marshall County, IA, the daughter of Ross and Grace (Goodwin) Pope. She attended Union Schools. On May 31, 1933, Irene married Donald Patterson in Whitten, IA, and later married Elmer Hart on April 2, 1949, in Yankton, SD. Aside from being a homemaker, she also worked for the Des Moines Register for 10 years making rural Sunday paper deliveries. Irene enjoyed spending time with her family, collecting bells, gardening, bird watching, playing Tic Tac Toe, crafting and spending time with her granddaughter, Corrine Sills. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Irene is survived by 3 children: Delores Tracy and husband Burton of Clarion, Carolyn Muessingmann and husband Donald of Mason City, and Dennis Hart of Marshalltown; 14 grandchildren; and many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband in 2002; one son: Ronald Patterson; 4 sisters; and 2 brothers.

Arrangements by Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave. in Mason City, 641-423-0924.