Leslie, Arlene Kivell age 79, of Lutsen and Minnetonka, died of cancer at the NC Little Hospice in Edina on Dec. 3, 2013. Arlene was born in Austin, MN on November 10, 1934, the daughter of Elmer and Elsie Kivell. She attended LeRoy Public Schools graduating in 1952. After attending the Mpls School of Business, she worked in the Trust Dept. of Northwestern National Bank. She married Loren Leslie on July 24, 1955. After he graduated from medical school, she obtained a degree in Interior Design but later pursued liberal arts studies at the Golden Valley Lutheran College and the University of Minnesota. The latter was interrupted by the birth of her son, Magnus after which she became a full-time homemaker, mother and volunteer, especially with church and school activities. Arlene's design and artistic talents continued to be expressed in beautiful quilting, knitting, sewing and gardening. One of her proudest achievements was her design of their home in Lutsen on the shore of Lake Superior. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Loren Leslie; son, Magnus (Amy) of Mpls; brother Wayne (Alyce) Kivell of Northfield; brother-in-law Richard (Arleen) Leslie of Marysville OH; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. Funeral service Tuesday, 12/10/13 at 11:00 AM, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 5701 Eden Prairie Road, Minnetonka. Visitation 1 hour prior to service at church. Interment at the cemetery in LeRoy, MN. www.Washburn-McREavy.com
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This obituary was originally published in the Star Tribune.