Irene E. Pickart, age 89, of Mount Calvary, passed away peacefully with her family surrounding her at the Villa Loretto Nursing Home in Mount Calvary on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014.

The former Irene Faul was born Feb. 24, 1925 in Fond du Lac, a daughter of the late Anton Faul Sr. and Anna (Fonferek) Faul. She attended school at Holy Cross Grade School in Mount Calvary.

On May 30, 1945, she married Harvey Pickart at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Mount Calvary. Harvey preceded her in death Nov. 20, 1992.

Irene had worked at Tecumseh Engine Products in New Holstein, cooked for the St. Lawrence Brother’s School and at the Villa Loretto Nursing Home.

She was a member of St. Isidore Parish- Holy Cross Church in Mount Calvary.

Survivors include her 10 children, Eileen Kohlmann of Plymouth, Diane Will of Glenbeulah, Sandy (Craig) Beiser of Fond du Lac, Lou Ann (Marvin) Entringer of Glenbeulah, Mary (Lester) Entringer of Minocqua, Linda (Richard) Braun of Bowling Green, Ky., Elsie (John) Wirtz of Plymouth, Gary (Penny) Pickart of Kiel, Ruth (Don) Geiser of Chilton and Vicky (Tom) Randall of Fond du Lac; a daughter-in-law, Ann Pickart of St. Peter; 26 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren with three more on the way; stepsister, Rosella (Raymond) Siebert of Wayside; sister-in-law, DeeDee Faul of St. Cloud; step sister-in-law, Gloria Gudex of Ripon; nieces; nephews; other relatives; and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Anton Sr. and Anna Faul; her husband, Harvey Pickart Sr.; two sons, Harvey Pickart Jr. and Matthew Pickart; a grandson, Zach Pickart; three sisters, Marcella (Dick) Thome, Marie (Bob) Smith and Lucille (Arnold) Nett; her half brother, Anthony “Tony” Faul; stepsister, Mary (Severin) Ziegelbauer; and two stepbrothers, Clarence (Imelda) Gudex and George Gudex.

A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at St. Isidore Parish-Holy Cross Church, 308 S. County Road W, Mount Calvary, WI 53057. The Rev. Gary Wegner, OFM Cap, will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery.

Family and friends may call on the family at the church Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

For additional information, please contact the Sippel Funeral Home in St. Cloud (920-999-2291) or visit

Irene’s family extends their heartfelt appreciation for the love, care, and support given to Irene from the staff at the Villa Loretto Nursing Home and also to her neighbors for visiting her and watching over her throughout the years.

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