Iris Vonsieg: Fiercely Independent
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Iris Vonsieg, born on December 11, 1958 in Mainz, Germany, died on January 27, 2016. She is survived by her mother, Renate Thormann, and her son, Kyle Stanley. She was preceded in death by her sister, Siegrid Marie Kolec.
She grew up in Germany and came to Southern Humboldt in the early eighties. She lived in China Creek with Paul Kolec, whom she married. Later she moved to Harris and had a child, Kyle, with Harry Standley. She put Kyle through school in Germany but returned regularly to Southern Humboldt, where she loved to be and planned to return to.
She was incredibly hard working in her youth, helping many people establishing their homesteads.
She had a great love for animals and raised many, both wild and domestic. Her animals, or “critters” as she called them, came first in her life. One time, she put off having a broken leg set for 12 hours, while she made sure all her critters were safe, before taking care of herself.
Despite many medical challenges in her later life, she remained and was always cheerful and optimistic about recovering her health.
Her life was abruptly taken from her, at her apartment in Germany, during what appears to have been a robbery.