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Carrington and New Rockford, North Dakota
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Irene McBain, 68, of New Rockford, ND, passed away on Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at CHI St. Alexius Hospital, Carrington, ND.

Irene Rosalie Vinnard was born on May 23, 1953 to Orville and Hazel (Simonson) Vinnard in Harvey, ND.  She was raised on a farm in Maddock.  Irene was baptized and confirmed at Viking Church rural Maddock.  As a child, she loved celebrating birthdays and the 4th of July.  Irene also liked to play with her dolls, paper dolls and especially her live “dolls”, her farm kittens and cats.

While working at Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd as the Activities Coordinator, she loved to entertain the residents with bowling, bingo and crafts.  Irene liked spending time with her adored animals and planting flowers, especially marigolds.  She enjoyed reading books and magazines and taking trips to the Dairy Queen, fairs and demolition derbies.

Irene liked going to concerts and enjoyed listening to her favorite artists like, Bobby Vee, Bryan Adams, The Beatles, The Eagles, Charlie Pride, Kenny Rogers and Elvis.  She like decorating for the seasons both indoor and outdoor.  She loved celebrating and dressing up for her favorite holiday, Halloween.  She would also dress up her dogs in their Halloween best.  Irene was always eager for Christmas, to meticulously decorate her tree each year.  She also liked treasure hunting at antique stores, thrift stores and garage sales and gifting items to her loved ones and those in need.

Irene collected angels, dolls, roosters and several other unique items.  She enjoyed to drive around the countryside with Terry and look at old farmsteads and loved receiving flowers from him.  Terry was the love of her life for more than 10 years.  He was her caretaker, her life partner, best friend and the one she wanted to spend her forever with.

Irene is survived by her children Troy McBain, Toni McBain, Nicki (Ryan) Nereson, Terah Allmaras and Brooke (Jeremy Kruse) McBain; her significant other Terry Tollefson; a brother Orson Vinnard, two sisters Valotta (Caroll) Johnson and Dorlee Vinnard, grandchildren Mason McBain, Bryson McBain, Connor and Kaylee Nereson.

She is preceded in death by her parents Orville & Hazel Vinnard, her grandparents and many aunts and uncles.


Irene’s Visitation will be Friday, October 8, from 12:00PM-7:00PM followed by a Prayer Service at 7:00PM all at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford.

Her Funeral Service will be held Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 10:30AM at First Lutheran Church, New Rockford.

Irene’s Burial will be at the Viking Cemetery, rural Maddock.

Posted Condolences:


  1. So sorry Terry she was lucky to have you. Kids I hope you got home to see mom. Hugs to all.

  2. Very sorry to hear about Irene

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. I did not get to see Irene often, but I remember that she did enjoy demolition derbies. I hope that she was not in pain and passed away peacefully. My prayers go out to the family.

  4. Deepest condolences to your family. Irene was far too young to be gone so soon. Thoughts and prayers to all.

  5. My sympathy to her family. Irene was a very kind sweet lady. I enjoyed working with her at LHGS.

  6. Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Irene and family are intertwined in many of my childhood memories. The time and effort she put into recovering my family’s personal items from the rubble of our house after the fire. Was an immeasurable gift she gave to my family. The fruits of that labor is the only reason we have a few mementos of our life in that house. We all were so grateful for her kindness during that overwhelming time.

  7. Ohhh Nicki ~ I am Sooo Sorry to hear this. My thoughts and prayers are with You at this time. Also this is such a nice picture of your Mom.

  8. McBain family, so sorry for your loss. I have many many memories of spending time with Irene and her children! Hope all is well, Sylvia Barnes Anderson, Faulkton SD


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