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Irene Mae Hrabik

March 9, 1928 ~ June 28, 2018 (age 90)

Irene Mae Hrabik

Irene Mae Hrabik, 90, Hays, died Thursday, June 28, 2018 at HaysMed.

She was born March 9, 1928 in Bunker Hill, Kansas the daughter of Adam and Laura (Stoppel) Hilgenberg.  She was united in marriage to Lee G. Hrabik in Wilson, Kansas and they were blessed with three children before they later divorced.  She was a custodian and housekeeper working at Hadley Hospital, St. Anthony’s Hospital/Hays Medical Center, and High Plains Mental Health Clinic.  Her hobbies included going to garage sales, crocheting, sewing, embroidery, flower gardening, and she was an excellent cook who was known by her family and friends for her delicious fried chicken on Sundays.  She was very hard working and she collected angels, salt and pepper shakers, and birds from Mexico, and she loved spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Survivors include a son; Jay Hrabik and wife Jane of Lyons, Kansas, two daughters; Lona Werth and husband Bernie and Linda Hammersmith and husband Gary, all of Hays, a sister-in-law; Blanche Hilgenberg of Hays, eight grandchildren; Shelly Jones and husband Matt, Adam Hrabik, Aaron Hrabik, Carol Gorges and husband Russell, Robert Blatcher and wife Alicia, Melissa Weaver, Scott Werth and wife Chanell, and Dustin Werth and wife Megan, a granddaughter-in-law; Rose Hammersmith, and eleven great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers; Leroy “Shot” Hilgenberg and Albert Hilgenberg, and by a grandson; Dean Hammersmith.

A celebration of Irene’s life will be at 10:00 am on Monday, July 2, 2018 at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 2703 Fort Street, Hays, with Pastor Marie Sager officiating.  Burial will follow in the Dubuque Lutheran Cemetery southwest of Dorrance, Kansas.  Visitation will be from 5:00 pm until 7:00 on Sunday at the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine Street, and from 9:00 am until service time on Monday at the church.  Memorials are suggested to Hospice of HaysMed, in care of the funeral home.  Condolences and memories of Irene may be shared with the family at

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