May 10, 1933 – Jan. 5, 2018
FREMONT — Irene (Vacha) Shipman was born May 10, 1933, to Emil and Ida (Lapour) Vacha in Howells. She passed away Jan. 5, 2018, at Fremont Health in Fremont at the age of 84 years.
Irene was raised in the Howells area, and graduated from high school in 1946. She worked at Northwestern Bell as an operator for many years before retiring from what became US West in 1981. She was a member of Telephone Company Pioneers.
Irene was married to Charles Shipman on Sept. 29, 1992, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fremont. She was a longtime member of the church and the Catholic Daughters.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband, Charles of Fremont; stepdaughter, Brandon Fisher of Omaha; cousins, Carol Vacha, Al Vacha, Jim Vacha and Dennis Novotny.
The funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fremont. Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial will be in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Howells.
Memorials have been established to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Pelan Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.