Irene Cecelia Herauf Quinlan


Irene Cecelia Herauf Quinlan, 77, of Miles City, died peacefully at her home with her family by her side on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, following a hard-fought battle with cancer.

She was born March 31, 1936, in Dickinson, N.D., the youngest daughter of John J. and Cecelia Kuntz Herauf. She graduated from Dickinson High School and moved to Denver and then to Miles City to work as a CNA at Holy Rosary Hospital.

On Feb. 17, 1959, she married her love, James Jay “Jim” Quinlan. To this union five children were born, Kevin, Diane, Carol, Tamara and Jane.

Following Mr. Quinlan’s trucking career, the family moved to the Hook Ranch north of Rosebud in 1974 where they continued to raise the family. In 1982 they moved to the Newman Ranch south of Jordan, where she flourished as a cook for the many ranch hands who adored her delicious meals. 

After returning to Miles City several years later, she again became active in providing health care and worked many years at T.L.C. and Parkview personal care homes.

She is survived by her five children, Kevin (Teri) Quinlan and Diane (Robert) Rainey, all of Miles City, Carol Molstad of Loveland, Colo., Tamara (Loren) Spillum of Billings and Jane Lamb of Forsyth; her 12 grandchildren, Josh and Taneasha Quinlan of Belgrade, Amber Rainey, A.J. Rainey and Ashley (Cotton) Lee, all of Miles City, Nathan, Garrett and Nash Molstad of Loveland, Shelby and Sean Spillum of Billings, Tori (Josh) Jonas of Killeen, Teaxs, and Kori McMillan of Rosebud. Mrs. Quinlan also was looking forward to meeting her first great-grandson, Tanner Jonas to be born later this month.

Mrs. Quinlan also is survived by her brother, George (Florence) Herauf of Bismarck, N.D.; and her sister, Ida Perzinski of South Heart, N.D.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James; her parents, John and Cecelia; her brothers, Joseph, Jacob, Valentine, Anton, Pius, Leo Alfred, Herbert and Michael Herauf; and her sisters, Katie Kostelecky, Eleanore Marthaller and Mary Ann Jurcich.

Mrs. Quinlan’s hobbies included crocheting, collecting angels and bells, nurturing the plants and flowers around her house, and spending time with her loving family. She will be remembered as a strong-willed, humble and caring person.  She was truly a lady and some would say an angel and will be missed by her friends, especially Diann Suda and Marci Lopez as well as numerous members of her church and community.

The family will welcome visitation on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m., to be followed by a Rosary at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City.  Funeral services will begin on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at 11 a.m. in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Miles City. Interment will follow in the Custer County Cemetery with a reception to follow at the Sacred Heart Parish Center.

Mrs. Quinlan’s wishes would be that memorials and/or donations be made to the AMC volunteer driver services. She and all her family greatly appreciated their extreme generosity. 

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