OSKALOOSA — Irene Marks, 88, of Oskaloosa, passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at her home in Oskaloosa surrounded by her family.
She was born Sept. 10, 1925, in Oskaloosa, the daughter of Arthur and Carrie Ann Page Romoser. On Oct. 7, 1948, she was united in marriage to Jack Davis Marks in Muscatine. Jack’s work took them all over the world, and Irene was always a pillar of trust among the other Americans stationed with them. She also worked at marketing mobile homes and managing mobile home parks. Jack and Irene were forced to flee Iran during the coup. While fleeing, Jack died on Jan. 25, 1979, in Esfahan, Iran. Following Jack’s death, Irene returned to Oskaloosa to care for her ailing sister. She later went to work as a store manager for Graham’s Department Store in Oskaloosa and later in Algona. She then took a management position with Montgomery Ward’s in Minneapolis, Minn. She also managed Montgomery Ward’s stores in South Dakota and Michigan. For the past 28 years, Irene has been the manager at Lamson Mobile Home Park in Oskaloosa. She worked in a managerial capacity up until the time of her death. She was a 50-plus year member and Past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star 146, and a member of the White Shrine. She was also an active member of the St. James Episcopal Church, American Legion Auxiliary and the Elks Lodge. She had been active and is a past president of the Business and Professional Women’s Club. She was also voted Business Woman of the Year by that organization. Irene worked her entire life in management and was always willing to help anyway she could.
Her family includes her daughter and husband, Janice I. and David M. Dvorak, of Cedar Rapids; two grandchildren, Whitney J. (and Kasey C.) Black and Donnie L. (and Charlee A. Miller) Green; three great-grandchildren, Zachary J. Black, Christopher D. Green and Makayla A. Green; two nephews, Raymond M. (and Phyllis) Welshons and Richard L. (and Mary) Welshons.