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Arlene E Gustafson

September 21, 1928 — December 22, 2020

Funeral Service
Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 11 AM
United Methodist Church, Irwin, Iowa
Pastor Laurie Riley, Officiating

Congregational Hymns
"Pass It On" "Hymn Of Promise" "Open My Eyes" Shelly Christensen, Organist

Honorary Bearers
Orrin Bruhn Marty Bornhoft Lyle Campbell Richard "Pudge" McMahon Al Plumb Jack Knudson Rich Schwieso

Oak Hill Cemetery, Irwin, Iowa

Arlene Edna Gustafson, daughter of Carl and Ilo (Irwin) Schroeder, was born September 21, 1928, in Harlan, Iowa. She attended school in Irwin, graduating from Irwin High School in 1946. She then completed the teaching program at Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls. She then taught school at Stratford.
On June 24, 1951, Arlene was united in marriage with Jerry Gustafson. In 1953, she began teaching in Irwin. Shortly thereafter, she took a break from teaching to raise her children. In 1959, she resumed teaching at Irwin, retiring in 1989.
Arlene was a member of the United Methodist Church in Irwin, where she held various offices and was a member of the United Methodist Women. She also was active with Delta Kappa Gamma, Irwin Town Council, the Manilla Manor Care Review Board, and the Irwin Historical Society. During her retirement, Arlene enjoyed playing cards, working her parttime jobs, traveling to Europe and visiting friends in Arizona.
On Tuesday, December 22, 2020, Arlene passed away at the Manilla Manor Nursing Home in Manilla, Iowa. She was 92 years of age.
Arlene was preceded in death by her husband Jerry Gustafson in 1982, her parents, and two infant sisters.
Arlene is survived by two daughters, Lee Ann Leinen of Irwin and Gwen Gustafson (Mark Hotz) of Irwin; two granddaughters Cori Mardi and husband Wayne of Omaha and Wendy Leinen of Omaha; great-grandson Caleb Mardi; great-granddaughter Erin Mardi; three nieces: Kathy Larson, Betty Swanson and Carolyn McDonough; and by other relatives and friends. Ohde Funeral Home, Manilla, in charge of arrangements.

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Saturday, August 5, 2023

United Methodist Church, Irwin

301 Ada St, Irwin, IA 51446

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