Irene Metzinger

On October 21, 1915, Leo and Catherine (Hoffman) Gerber of Fowler, Kansas were blessed with the birth of their third child, Irene Marie. Eventually there were twelve Gerber children.

Irene attended grade and high school in Fowler graduating in 1934, later attending the American Business College in Wichita. After graduating from business college, Irene worked in Wichita. This was during the Great Depression. Her family moved to Danville, Kansas in the late thirties.

Irene married Oracena Metzinger in 1940 in Danville, Kansas. To this union were born four children, Melvyn, Bernard, Marcelline and Harold. They lived on a farm northwest of Caldwell until 1989 when they moved to Caldwell.

Oracena passed away on September 25, 1995. She is also preceded in death by her two sons Bernard and Harold and a grandchild, Jeff Brand.

Surviving are her children, Melvyn of Kansas City and Marcelline (Leon) Brand of Colwich, Kansas, daughter-in-law Joyce Metzinger of Haysville, Kansas. Eight grandchildren, Terrance Brand, Kent Brand, Goddard, Kansas, Paula Wayman of Maize, Kansas, Jason Brand of Wichita, Kansas, Kellie Burris, Haysville, Kansas, Brett Metzinger, Wichita, Kansas, Braden and Landon Metzinger, Wichita, Kansas; ten great-grandchildren, Joseph, Joshua, Paige, Evan, Avery, Josie, Maddox, Canon, Jessie and Ben. She is also survived by her sisters, Esther Huslig of Kansas City, Joan Wood of Goddard and two sisters-in-law Norma Gerber of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Kathy Brown of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Recitation of Rosary will be held at 10:00 a.m. and  Mass of the Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Caldwell.

Memorials may be made to the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Wichita and sent in care of the mortuary.






My mother, Delores, and I are saddened to hear of your loss, but are also joyful that her long life was so fruitful.  We sleep at nights under the quilts that express her handiwork and expertise and most of all her commitment to serve others - also reflected in the long years she served as organist at St. Martin's.  Please, if I can help in any way, don't hesistate to ask.  My mother lost a dear friend, but knows your mother is among her many loved ones in heaven!  God bless you!