Arlene Louise Janssen
1924 - 2014
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Arlene Louise
Arlene Louise Janssen, 90, passed away on November 13, 2014 at her residence.
Arlene was born May 23, 1924 in Oran Township, Iowa to Edward and Alma Weidler Spear. She graduated from Allen Memorial Hospital Lutheran School of Nursing as an RN in May 1946. Arlene served her country as a cadet in Women's Army Air Corp and married Richard Henry Janssen on August 10, 1947. She was a farmer's wife and then a motel owner in Commerce, TX and Edinburg, TX. Arlene was of the Lutheran faith and was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Harlingen. She enjoyed meet and make, kitchen band and loved to travel.
Arlene is survived by her daughters, Patricia Broome (R.G.) and Judy Cook; son, Keith Janssen (Ronna); grandchildren, Tamara Brown, Todd Broome, Cynthia Segroves, Cheryl Espinosa, Tabitha Mills, Tiffany Phillips, Laura Janssen, James Cook, Justin Cook, Angelia Farmer; and many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren spread from Alaska to Florida and all states in between.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; daughter, Elaine Marie Janssen; sister, Delores Pruisner; and brother, Edward Spear.
Funeral services will be held Monday, November 17, 2014, at 1 pm, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Harlingen.
A gathering of family and friends will be held on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 9:30 am to 10:45 am at Quality Inn and Suites in Waterloo, Iowa.
Graveside services to follow at 11 am at Garden of Memories in Waterloo, Iowa.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Harlingen or a charity of choice in her name.
The family would like to express special thanks to the Odyssey House Hospice caregivers: Maria, Louise, and Helen. Also the staff and friends from Canterbury Court and Gardens for their care and wellbeing for the past 2 ½ years. Her last years were filled with many good memories.
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Arrangements are with Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.

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Published in Valley Morning Star on Nov. 16, 2014.
Funeral service
01:00 PM
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Memorial Gathering
09:30 - 10:45 AM
Quality Inn and Suites
Graveside service
11:00 AM
Garden of Memories
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January 23, 2015
We are so very sorry to learn of Arlene's passing. Our prayers are one of thankfulness for her friendship and blessing of peace to her family.
Doil & Joyclyn O'Steen
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