In loving memory of

Iris Deaver
March 10, 1935 - May 1, 2019

Iris S. Deaver, 84 of Chetek and Viroqua, passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at St. Michael's Assisted Living in Fountain City.
Iris was born March 19, 1935 to Leo and Myrtle (Davis) Massie on an island on the Mississippi River near Genoa, WI. After moving to various places, the family settled in Viroqua when she was in 3rd grade. She graduated from Viroqua High School.
Iris married Fred D. Deaver on October 2, 1954 and together raised three children on farms in Viroqua, before moving to Chetek in 1989. Iris was secretary, farmer and a great cook and housewife. She was very devoted to her family and friends.
Iris is survived by her children, Denise (Mark) Erickson, Shane Deaver and Jody (Dolly Lynch) Deaver; grandchildren, Gwen (Bill) Katula, Tyrel Erickson and Jessica Deaver; great-grandchildren, Dayne, Wade, Tel and Ziva; brother, David (Carol) Massie; brother-in-law, Danny (Kristi) Deaver and many special nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 2017; parents and one older brother.
A Celebration of Iris's life will be 12 p.m., Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at Hoff Celebration of Life Center, 3480 Service Drive, Goodview, MN 55987 with the Reverend Gerard Willger officiating. Visitation will be 10 a.m., until the time of the service. She will be laid to rest in Brush Hollow Cemetery - Viroqua in a private family service. Memorials are preferred to Brush Hollow Cemetery.
Please share a memory of Iris, sign her online guestbook and view her video tribute when it becomes available at


Bernice Link (Bee) wrote on May 25, 2019:

"I have so many good memories of Iris and Fred! Fred and my husband, Leon Link, were very good friends for so many years, and they worked together and had fun together. He often popped over to house and that was always a pleasure. Iris was a wonderful baker and often sent some over to our house. I have wonderful joyful memories of both of them! . "

Sue Ohde wrote on May 9, 2019:

"What a beautiful video tribute! To Denise and all of Iris? family, my deepest sympathies from Pleasure Street. We missed seeing Fred in the neighborhood and now will miss seeing Iris and everyone at the annual Labor Day sale! The memories of our kids moving the wagon from Iris and Fred?s to our house will forever be cherished. May knowing your folks are reunited lighten your heavy hearts. "

kim toufar wrote on May 7, 2019:

"we are so sorry in chetek wi for your loss iris and fred and larry are together today for sure deepest sympathy im there in thoughts today kim toufar"

Pam Wilmouth wrote on May 6, 2019:

"Denise, Mark, Gwen, Bill, Shane, Jody, Ty, Tel, Dane & Wade, You all know how much we loved your mother. Iris was the 1st person we met in Chetek. She was friendly and gracious and made us feel special to be her friend. She was a shining light of life in Chetek and made everyday bright. She will be dearly missed, but I have the best memories of her and your dad and your family. Getting to know all of you was the best gift of all. Thank you for including us in so many ways. Love Tom & Pam"

David Barta wrote on May 6, 2019:

"Dear Denise, Shane, Jody, and family, We're so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. Iris was one of the nicest people I've ever met. We feel so fortunate that she shared a portion of her life with us. David & Diana Barta"

Kathy Jereczek wrote on May 3, 2019:

"Denise and family, sorry for your loss, prayers and thoughts are sent your way"

Dean Hoff wrote on May 3, 2019:

"Sorry to hear of Iris' passing. Our sincere condolences. The Hoff family, Duane, Dana, Dean "