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Iela Behrens, 85, Iron Ridge

Staff WriterFebruary 18, 2019

Iela M. Behrens, 85, Iron Ridge, passed away Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, at Clearview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Juneau.

A memorial service will take place Saturday, Feb. 23, at 11 a.m. at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Horicon with the Rev. Jonathan Szczsney officiating. A visitation will take place Saturday, Feb. 23, from 9:30-11 a.m. at the church.

Iela was born the daughter of Jacob and Marie (Steffen) Bunkoske on Jan. 26, 1934, in Horicon. She was a graduate of Horicon High School. Iela worked at Purity Cheese as a lab technician before enjoying many years at home raising her son. She returned to the workforce with Pinkerton Security, and later with TREK bicycles and Silver Spring Campground in Rio — where she also embraced her passion for camping for nearly 40 years. For the last 17 years Iela worked as a customer service specialist with Walmart in Watertown. She was also a member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Horicon, where she served her church in multiple facets including Sunday school teacher, youth program leader, grounds and building maintenance, and as a member of their choirs. Iela was awarded “Woman of the Year” for her service to her community.

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