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Arlene I. Smith


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Arlene I. Smith 1930—2018
Arlene I. Smith, of Rockford, IL and Orr, MN, left this world September 4th, 2018, to be reunited with her loving husband, Elmer in Heaven. She was born to parents, Ernest and Bernice Cave on September 14, 1930, and grew up in the same neighborhood as Elmer. They met while tobogganing, became childhood sweethearts and were married on June 7th, 1947. They had just celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary when Elmer was called home to be with Jesus in 2009. They have 5 children, Valerie (Jim) Schumacher of Roscoe, IL, Vaughn (Michele) Smith of Elk River, MN, Varlene (Dennie) Milne of Machesney Park, IL, Vanessa (Ray) Ingebretsen of Crane Lake, MN, and Vanetta Rennock of Brooklyn Center, MN. In Rockford she was a Girl Scout leader, a Cub Scout leader and enjoyed playing cards or games of any sort and believed that just because you were a little kid it didn't mean that you could automatically win. She enjoyed archery, was on a bowling league at Wesmor Bowling Alley for many years, loved to host Halloween parties for the neighborhood kids and usually was dressed as the bride of Frankenstein with Frankenstein (Elmer) by her side. She was employed at Blue Cross, Globe Imperial and lastly at Amerock. In 1976, Arlene and Elmer bought Wagon Wheel Resort in Orr, MN (which they later renamed Aspen Lodge). They experienced so many one of a kind adventures while they were there that she wrote a book entitled, "Dream To Reality." She was a member of the Antique Snowmobile Club of America, the Pine Town Players, the Pelican Lake Resort Association and also served as president. She was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church and was involved with the youth group and religious release time. She liked to do needlepoint and especially liked to crochet. Her famous crocheted "beer can hats" were always for sale in the lodge and she once crocheted a two piece bathing suit, and wore it many times. She liked watching NASCAR races and was a lifelong White Sox and Green Bay Packer fan. Along with Elmer, Arlene is preceded in death by sisters, Lucille Weddle and Shirley Rowland; brother, Ralan Cave and grandson, Spencer Weed. She is survived by her 5 children; 14 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 15, at Grace Lutheran Church, 343 Grand Ave, Loves Park, IL 61111.
Published in Rockford Register Star from Sept. 11 to Sept. 13, 2018
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