Irene Koenig

Irene “Renee” Koenig, 92, of Shawano, passed away on Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Green Bay. Irene was born in the Ukraine on Sept. 8, 1925, the daughter of the late Nikolai and Maria (Ilkovia) Sapenko. While fleeing from Germany uring World War II, she met her future husband, Harold “Hal” Koenig, while he was stationed in Germany. The couple was married on March 1, 1947, at St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano. Hal preceded her in death on Oct. 16, 2013. Irene loved being in America and taught herself English. She and Hal were the owners and operators of the Ben Franklin Store in Green Bay, Renee’s Hallmark in Green Bay and Hal’s Hallmark in Shawano. Irene was a member of St. James Lutheran Church.

Irene is survived by her son, Bruce Koenig, of Green Bay; granddaughter, Nikki (Will Boivin) Koenig; great-granddaughter, Anastasia; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hal, and her parents.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 until 11:00 am on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano with funeral service to follow. The Rev. Mark Baldwin will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Swedberg Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.