Irene Postma Knapik was born September 21, 1925 in Vale, Oregon and died June 3, 2017 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Irene is preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Clara Scott Postma, her brothers, Andrew Glen Postma (KIA Korean War, 1950), and Donald Postma. She is survived by her son, Michael (Suzanne) Knapik; her daughter, Veronica (Giles) Spaulding; two grandsons, Austin (Heather) Knapik and Brian (Melinda) Spaulding; two great granddaughters, Emalee and Isabel; nieces Melinda (Tim) Koehler, Colorado Springs, Paula (John) Guerrero, Kansas; and cousins Richard Van Tuinan Marlene), Longmont, Colorado; Betty Ward, Ontario; Cheryl (Pete) Smit, Vale; and Sherry Runnels, Arizona. Irene came to Colorado Springs in 1955 when her husband, Louis Knapik (deceased) was stationed at Camp Carson (now Fort Carson). After Louis’ military retirement, they became co-owners of the Knotty Pine Inn, Cascade, Colorado and The Lunch Box, Colorado Springs. Irene married Roy Umberger (deceased) in 1982 and was employed by the downtown Walgreens prior to her retirement in 1990.
A memorial service celebrating Irene’s life was held for family and friends at Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, Colorado Springs, June 8, 2017. Irene will be interred at the Valley View Cemetery, Vale, Oregon at a future date.