Arlene Ellen (Ladehoff) Wegner (1929 - 2102)

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Funeral services for Arlene E. Wegner, 82, were held Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Manning, Rev. Jonathan Conner officiating. Casketbearers were her grandchildren: Jennifer Richardson, Jeffrey Richardson, Laurie Wellendorf, Scott Odendahl, Michelle Wegner, Jessica Toillion, Angie Tigges, Julie Southwick, Adam Wegner and Elizabeth Wegner. Interment was in the Manning Cemetery in Manning. Ohde Funeral Home in Manning was in charge of the arrangements.
Arlene Ellen, daughter of Henry and Ella (Segebart) Ladehoff, was born Dec. 22, 1929, on a farm near Kiron in Crawford County. She attended rural schools. The family moved to Manilla and Arlene graduated from Manilla High School. She then worked at Montgomery Ward in Denison. Arlene was baptized into the Lutheran faith on May 18, 1930 and confirmed April 2, 1944.
On Feb. 18, 1951, Arlene was united in marriage with Duane E. Wegner at Trinity Lutheran Church in Manilla. They lived on her husband's family farm for a year and then farmed south of Botna. Arlene was a homemaker and helped on the farm. Four children were born to this union. Arlene worked at Saunder's Steak House for a short time before starting to work at the Manning Plaza (long term care). She completed training for her Licensed Practical Nurse certificate in Harlan during this time. She retired after 32 years at the Plaza. Arlene and Duane had moved into Manning in 1978.
Arlene was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Manning where she participated in Bible study and volunteered many hours. She was also an active member of the VFW Auxiliary, receiving her 55-year award in 2012. She was a busy woman who enjoyed her flower gardening, crocheting, quilting, baking (especially her angel food cakes) and cooking.
When her health began to fail in 2005, Arlene and Duane spent a year at Swan House in Carroll. She then moved to the Exira Care Center while her husband returned to their home in Manning. Arlene died at the Exira Care Center rather unexpectedly on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 at the age of 82 years, 1 month and 23 days.
Preceding her in death are her parents; granddaughter Kaelyn Odendahl and brother Robert Ladehoff.
Arlene is survived by her husband of 60 years, Duane Wegner of Manning; four children: Gail and husband James Richardson of Audubon; Karen and husband Gary Odendahl of Carroll; Dean Wegner and wife Kim of Phoenix, Ariz.; and Roger Wegner of Westside; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; six sisters: Rita Lustig of Huntington Beach, Calif.; Esther Zehrung of Northglenn, Colo.; Betty and husband Tom Scott of Westminister, Colo.; JoAnn Rutherford of Lakewood, Colo. Lorraine Wolfe of Loomis, Calif. and Darlene Warnke of Carroll; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Feb. 23 to Mar. 2, 2012