Arline Renate (Rubin) Wheeler (1926 - 2015)

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Arline Renate Wheeler, age 89 of St. Peter, passed away at 7:15 a.m. on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.
Services were held on Saturday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in St. Peter, with the Rev. Josh Frazee officiating. Burial was in St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery in St. Peter. Visitation was from 5-7 p.m. on Friday at Pagel Funeral Homes in St. Peter. Memorials: St. Peter's Lutheran Church or donor's choice. Online condolences may be expressed at
Mrs. Wheeler was born on March 21, 1926, in Altenburg, Mo., the daughter of George and Dorothea Winter Rubin.
In 1934, her family moved to St. Peter, where she attended St. Peter Lutheran School. Later in life, she was instrumental in starting the Hot Lunch Program at St. Peter Lutheran School, where she worked for 13 years as a cook/manager.
Her three children also attended St. Peter Lutheran School. She devoted most of her life in some kind of food service, including grocery stores. She was an active member of the St. Peter Lutheran Church, St. Peter Legion Auxiliary No. 380 and the church choir for many years. She was also a Sunday school teacher at St. Peter's Lutheran Church.
She is survived by her two sons, David Duecker and his wife Linda of Castle Rock, Colo., and Donald Duecker and his wife Janet of Taylorville; daughter, Barbara and her husband Bruce Collet of Rockwood, Tenn.; sister, Adela Rubin of Altamont; sister-in-law, Violet Rubin of Decatur; grandchildren; Jason Duecker, Joe Collet, Amber Hoepker, Kris Duecker, Brandon Duecker and Diana Duecker; and great-grandchildren, Malaina, Seth, Emilie, Abigail, Addison, Ethan, Gavin and Broden.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Alvin Rubin, Arthur Rubin and August Rubin ,who died in infancy; and sister-in-law, Ruth Rubin.

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Published in The Leader-Union from June 7 to June 17, 2015