Irise Georgeine Neigel

Dec 1, 1932 – Dec 22, 2018

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Our loving Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother and Friend went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, December 22, 2018.

Irise, along with her twin sister, Inise were born on December 1, 1932 in Dormey, Alberta, Cananda at home. The girls were so small they fit in their father’s shoe box and stayed near the stove to stay warm.

Irise met the love of her life, Paul Neigel, when he came to pick up her twin sister for a date. Paul quickly realized that Irise was meant to be his wife. They were married on March 1st, 1952. 1953 found the couple beginning their family with Peggy arriving in 1953, Edward, 12 months later and Roger in 1957. Douglas followed in 1959 and Carol in 1964.

Paul and Irise moved into their family home in Federal Way in 1962 and it remained the family gathering place until Irise moved into assisted living in 2014, coincidentally located on the property where they originally started their family.

Irise was a truly a model wife and mother with her family being the center of her world. No matter what was going on the minute Paul walked in the door, she would drop everything and run to him with a big kiss and hug. Dinner was the family time around the table sharing the day’s events, making plans for the weekend and learning life’s lessons.

Irise’s world came tumbling down with the loss of her dear Paul on August 4, 1987 from cancer. Irise was his main caregiver from the diagnosis to death. But being of strong Norwegian stock, she slowly learned how to manage for herself with the help of family and friends.

Irise was preceded in death by her parents, George Miller and Jennie Bergstrom Miller Bennett, her siblings, Jean, George, Ted, and twin sister Inise, and her husband Paul Neigel.  Irise is survived by her children and their spouses, Peggy Panlener (James), Edward Neigel (Holli), Roger Neigel (Gabriele), Douglas (Terri), Carol Merrimen (Rob); Granchildren; Jennifer Harrison, Matthew Neigel, Ashleigh Lankford, Steven Neigel, Shawn Neigel, Abby Howard and Justin Wiseman. Great-Grandchildren, Erik Petersen, Maddox Neigel, Liam Neigel, Landry Neigel, Hadessa Harrison, Penelope Neigel and Mason Wiseman.

Paul and Irise who were meant to be sweethearts forever are today holding hands and drinking  coffee and are together forever.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the American Diabetes Society.




Roberta Wolf
Everett, WA
Jan 5, 2019

Irise welcomed me into her family, after my son fell in love with her granddaughter Jennifer. She had a way to make you feel like family. She was always so sweet. I will keep this wonderful, lovely lady in my prayers. Our Father is welcoming a true angel. So sorry for your family’s loss. I will keep all of you in my heart and prayers.

Joseph & Garnet Neigel & Family
Bonney Lake, Washington
Jan 3, 2019

Our thoughts & prayers are with you all. May you find some comfort & peace in sharing loving memories with each other that you will forever hold in your heart. Hugs to you all.

Don and Pam Bender
Lynnwood, Washington
Jan 2, 2019

Sending our Love and Prayers to all of You. She is safely home with our Lord and Savior Jesus and spent Christmas celebrating His Birthday!

Ellie Neigel
Federal Way , WA
Jan 1, 2019

May you rest in peace and enjoy all your eternal blessings. Rita & Bob and I will miss our Christmas get togethers.

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