March 14, 2023 at 10:50 p.m.

Arlene W. Arnzen

Arlene W. Arnzen
Arlene W. Arnzen


Arlene W. Arnzen, 81, of St. Rosa, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, March 11, 2023, at her home near St. Rosa.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 15, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in St. Rosa with the Rev. Daniel Walz officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation was 4-7 p.m., March 14, and will be 9:45-10:45 a.m., March 15, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in St. Rosa. 

Arlene was born June 3, 1941, to Henry and Loretta Middendorf. She was united in marriage to Gerald Arnzen Sept. 2, 1959, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose. Together, they raised their family and farmed until they retired in 1996. Arlene lost the love of her life Oct. 22, 2016.

Arlene was an active member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church where she taught religion for many years, was a member of the Christian Mothers and St. Loretta’s Mission Circle and sang in the church choir. Arlene enjoyed sewing quilt, playing cards, casino trips, cooking and baking. Her cookies will be missed by all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Arlene had a heart of gold. There was nothing better for her than spending time with her family and friends. She was always the first to help anyone in need, bring over a meal or just be there to listen. Her faith in God gave her amazing strength through her many medical issues over the years.

Arlene is survived by her children, John (Lillian) Arnzen, Bonnie (Mark) Stangler, Henry Arnzen, Mike (Beth) Arnzen, Fred (Linda) Arnzen, all of St. Rosa, and Julie (Jerry) Engelmeyer of Merrifield; sisters Mary Ann Butkowski, Viola Meyer, Kathy (Kenny) Thomas and Harriet Froelich; brothers Lornie and David (Jan) Middendorf; 15 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

Arlene was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald; her parents, Henry and Loretta Middendorf; and brothers Walter, Willie, Connie and Eddie Middendorf.

 Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose. 




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