Arlene D. Melchior, 96, Wausau, formerly of Gillett, passed away Wednesday morning Dec. 28, 2011, at Aspirus Hospice House, Wausau.
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Arlene was born July 20, 1915, the daughter of the late Gust and Frances (Seidel) Hintz. On June 13, 1936, Arlene was united in marriage to Robert W. Melchior at St. John's Catholic Church, Gillett. He preceded her in death May 21, 1991.
Arlene graduated from Gillett High School and Outagamie Rural Normal School, Kaukauna. She received her Bachelors Degree from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, and earned additional post-graduate credits in the educational field.
Arlene taught in the rural schools of Underhill and Gillett for four years, three years at Mosling State Graded School, two years at the Cecil Grade School and 29 years as a kindergarten teacher in the Gillett School District. She also planned and taught the Federal Pre-school Summer Program for pre-school children for six summers. She was a member of the Wisconsin and National Education Associations, a member of St. John's Catholic Church, Gillett and Altar Society.
Arlene is survived by two daughters and one son-in-law, Mary F. Cole, Wausau; Patricia (Elton) Scheunemann, Green Bay; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Joseph, Green Bay; and William (Anna), Middlebury, Ind. She is further survived by 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, four great- great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Melchior, Marjorie "Pudge" Melchior, both of Gillett; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Arlene was also preceded in death by three brothers, two sisters and a grandson.
Friends may call from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at St. John's Catholic Church, 127 So. Garden Ave, Gillett. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Saturday, at the church, with the Rev. John M. Gallagher officiating and Sr. Marla Clercx assisting. Interment in St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Town of Gillett.
Kuehl Funeral Home, Gillett 920-855-2144, is assisting Arlene's family with arrangements. Please visit www.kuehlfuneralhome.com to leave condolence messages and sign the register if you are unable to attend.
Arlene's family would like to thank the staffs at Aspirus Hospital Palliative Care and Aspirus Hospice House, Wausau, for their wonderful care given to her.
Kuehl Funeral Home - Gillett
108 E. Main Street Gillett, WI 54124
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Dec. 29 to Dec. 30, 2011