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Irmgard “Irmie” Natalie Roggow, age 87, of Grand Rapids, formerly of Hemlock and Drummond Island, passed away Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Samaritas Senior Living Grand Rapids surrounded by family. The daughter of Rev. John & Frieda (Kraft) Gauss, she was born on January 27, 1930 in Findlay, Ohio.

Irmie graduated from Michigan Lutheran Seminary in 1948. She was the past President of the Michigan Chapter of the Valparaiso University Guild. Later in life she enjoyed planning and leading tours to Europe.

She was Preceded in death by her parents; infant daughter, Barbara; and five half sisters. Irmgard is survived by her husband of 68 years, Carl; children, John (Cheryl) Roggow, Mark (Sandi) Roggow, and Sarah (Dean) Crispin; brother, John (Mary Alice) Gauss; sister, Gerda (Aldred) Heyer; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church, 17927 Dice Rd., Hemlock, where a visitation will be held one hour prior to the service, with Pastor Paul Hauser officiating.

In Lieu of Flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Michigan Lutheran Seminary or Drummond Island Lutheran Church.

Honoring her wishes cremation will take place. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Irmgard’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. Kathy Reynokds on December 1, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Uncle Carl, John, Mark, and Sarah,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Aunt Irmie was a wonderful Godly woman. I always looked forward to her Christmas letters telling of the trips she had planned, the activities she and Uncle Carl had done throughout the year and keeping us updated on the Family.
    I am so thankful for having her as my Godmother.
    May the peace of our Lord give you strength and peace.

  2. Arleen & Robert Spalding on December 23, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Carl and family, we were deeply saddened to hear of your loss with the passing of Irmie. The Lord has called her into his arms, but no one can take away the wonderful memories of her. We especially have great memories of our times together with the PIA family, the laughter, her grace and love for everyone. And we especially remember how you left Drummond to meet us in Mackinac City for dinner and the great time we had. May the Lord look over and comfort the entire family.

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