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Arlene Vencenza Kallenberger, 91, of Hesperia left this world on a final "backpacking adventure" to be with our Lord on Saturday, October 8, 2011. Arlene left this world in the company of loved ones in her "home" at Sterling Commons in Victorville. She was born Arlene Vencenza Bucaro on February 4, 1920 in Springfield, Ohio to Vito Bucaro of Alta Villa, Italy and Josephine Catherine, Loverde, Bucaro of Sabina, Ohio. She was one of five children, herself and four brothers. She attended Catholic school and graduated in 1938 from Catholic Central High School. During her childhood in Springfield, Ohio her family lived in town and also spent two years on a farm. The farm is where Arlene developed her love of horses and reading Zane Grey novels of the "old West" created a desire to see real cowboys and Indians. Arlene was a great student, learned to play the accordion and the organ-she performed at recitals and the family enjoyed sing alongs at gatherings. In 1940 Arlene went to work for Crowell Collier Publishing Co. in Springfield, Ohio and brought her paycheck home to her parents. When WWII broke out in l941 her brothers enlisted in branches of the military. She would have enlisted as a WAAC, but her mother could not bare the thought so she quit her office job to work as a receptionist pbx and teletypist in a war plant. She was also a National Red Cross volunteer where she rolled bandages or whatever else was needed. In 1946, at 26 years old, she and a couple of friends headed to California with many stops and adventures along the way. Her passion was to see the world and experience what ever was out there, always with the goal of tasting the "Old West"! She took a job with General Petroleum in Los Angeles and lived in Arcadia, California by the racetrack. She spent her days off exploring missions, museums and backpacking all over California-she was a member of the 100 Peaks Club and the Sierra Club. She had passed through Victorville on her journey to California and fell in love with the area. That summer of 1948 she returned to Victorville as a guest at the North Verde Ranch-we know it as Kemper Campbell Ranch. All her dreams were coming true! The cowboy life! She was so taken by the area and life-style; she went back, gave notice to her employer and came back to the ranch to work as a MAID! Scandalous to her Mother-a maid! Many of the townspeople were back from the war and the mood of the valley was of one big happy family! Movies were being made in the area. She met many stars that stayed at the ranch…she even dated Zane Grey's Son!, rodeos on weekends at the fairgrounds, impromptu horseraces and "Indian Marie"-Arlene was in Heaven!! In 1948 she met one of the ranch hands, a boy born and raised in Victorville, and fell in love with her "Cowboy", Phillip Edmond Kallenberger! (Phillip's father owned the first shoe-repair shop in Victorville-Kal's Shoe Repair.) Phil enlisted in the Air Force that year and two years later, 1950, they were married at the base in Shreveport, Louisiana. Their first son was born in Victorville, their only daughter arrived in Puerto Rico where they were stationed at the time and the other four boys were also born in Victorville and Apple Valley. After his military service they returned to the States in late 1952 and Phil went on to graduate from Barber School in San Diego. They returned to Victorville to begin Phil's barbering career and Arlene delivered four more baby boys! In 1955 they bought a new home in Hesperia and in 1963 Phil opened his own barbershop in Victorville in the old Hartwick's Market Center on 7th Street. While they raised their children Arlene wore many Hats! A school proctor, PTA President, a school board member, cub/boy scout leader, organist for Holy Family Church when we met at Lime Street Park (we took her organ back and forth every Sunday!), "Mother of the year" in 1963, worked the snack bar for Little League, "shuttle" for her 6 children for over 22 years!, school bus driver for 15 years, museum docent, president of the Mohahve Historical Society, local historian, four-wheel drive enthusiast, backpacker (last trip at 84 years old!), genealogist, author of articles for the Daily Press, with photos, of the valley history, a book on our local bridges, research galore for many historical outings with the Mohahve Historical Society, the "Hesperia Story" just to name a few! She was an enthusiastic lover of life and all it's possibilities! Arlene will await a heavenly reunion with her survived children: Ross Alan Kallenberger and wife, Loraine, Mendel, Kallenberger of Bakersfield, CA; Susan Elaine, Kallenberger, Hodson and husband, Earl Hodson of Hesperia, CA; Phillip Edmond Kallenberger II and wife, Marni Kallenberger of Winchester, CA; Timothy Kallenberger and wife, Anne Kallenberger of Republic, Missouri; Joseph Bruce Kallenberger and wife, Gina Kallenberger of Hesperia, CA; Christopher Kallenberger of Big Bear, CA. Grandchildren: Jennifer Blackmon, Kathryn Timmons, Geoffrey Kallenberger; Heather Klasa, Christy Porter, Earl Hodson V; Ross and Garrette Kallenberger, Anna Ray, James and Jamie Chestnut; Jason, Phillip and Michael Kallenberger, Mary Beth Nicely; Emily, Faith, Noah, Clark and Eve Kallenberger; James and Austin Kallenberger. Great Grandchildren: Tori, Joshua and Jacob Blackmon; Jordyn and Tawny Timmons; Rylie Doll, Avery and Alexis Kallenberger; Justin and Kayli Klasa; Makinzie Porter; Earl VI and Isabella Hodson; Chase, Reese and brand new baby RemeyJane Kallenberger, Kristin Sommers; Amara Grace Nicely, Claudia Ann Kallenberger. Siblings: Brother Richard Bucaro. Predeceased by: Loving Husband Phillip Edmond Kallenberger of Victorville, 1989; Brothers: Robert, Roger and Arthur Bucaro; Parents: Vito and Josephine Bucaro. Please join us in celebrating the life of Arlene on November 5, 2011 at 12:30 p.m. at Lime Street Park, 16292 Lime Street, Hesperia 92345. In remembrance of Arlene, donations may be sent to Alzheimer's research; National Office, 225 North Michigan Ave., Fl 17, Chicago IL. 90601. It would thrill her to no end to have you learn more about the history of her beloved High Desert by attending a meeting or field trip with the Mohahve Historical Society. Arlene's family would like to extend our deepest, heartfelt gratitude to the "Angels of Love and Mercy" that cared for our Mother while she resided and passed away at Sterling Commons Assisted Living in Victorville. You were a part of her family. Our Mother and Father were the source from which we derived the guiding principles of our lives. We live on in the vivid memories of the things they taught us. With Love, we thank you Mom and Dad.
Published in the Daily Press on Oct. 25, 2011
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