Arlene M. Engelken, 78, of Dyersville, passed away Sunday, Oct. 11, at MercyOne Senior Care in Dyersville, just two weeks prior to her husband, Clete.
A double visitation for Clete and Arlene will be held Thursday, Oct. 29, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville from 8-10 a.m., prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.
Arlene was born Jan. 14, 1942, in Dubuque and was the daughter of Joseph and Marcella (Theisen) Lynch. She graduated from Holy Rosary High School in La Motte. She worked at Prepared Food Shoppe which was a bakery in Dubuque. She married Cletus J. Engelken Nov. 28, 1963, at Nativity Catholic Church in Dubuque. Together they farmed on the Engelken family farm and later she worked at All Star Feeds in Dyersville. She enjoyed visiting with the customers and especially loved delivering feed with Cletus. During the last six years she enjoyed keeping the staff and residents at MercyOne Dyersville Senior Care laughing and smiling. They were her second family and she loved each and every one of them. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved trips to Branson and watching her grandkids in various sports. She will always be remembered for her wonderful smile, contagious laughter and loving heart.
Survivors include her loving husband, Cletus, of 56 years; two daughters, Ann Boeckenstedt and Theresa (Jeff) Neuhaus, both of Dyersville; three grandchildren: Amber and Heather Boeckenstedt and Devin Neuhaus; three sisters: Barb (Dwain) Kilburg, of Bellevue, Lois Lynch, of Dubuque and Janaan (Don) Junk, of Bellevue; one brother, Robert (Charlene) Lynch, of La Motte; in-laws: Irene Engelken, of Earlville, George (Sherry) Engelken of Atlanta, Ga., and Dale Zeimet of Lakeview, Ariz.
She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings: Raymond Lynch, Richard Lynch, Mary Diane Lynch and Rosemary Zeimet; in laws: Elmer and Mary Lou Engelken, Edwin and Aletha Engelken, Charlie and Alma Brehm and Julius Engelken.
The family wants to give a special thank you to the entire staff at MercyOne Dyersville Senior Care who cared for Arlene with amazing compassion over the last six years. Also thank you to the staff at Hospice of Dubuque for helping provide comfort during the last days.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com.