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Arlene K. Oelrich
Arlene K. Oelrich, age 77, of Alexandria, passed away peacefully into the arms of Jesus on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at Alomere Health in Alexandria.
A celebration of Arlene’s life will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, November 29, 2021, at Lind Family Funeral Home in Alexandria with Pastor Gregg Donnelly officiating. Masks are requested. Arlene’s service will be livestreamed on her obituary page on the funeral home’s website. Interment will follow at the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Alexandria.
Visitation is one hour prior to the service.
Arlene Kathryn (Herzog) Oelrich was born in Alexandria, to Francis William and Frances Ann (Thoennes) Herzog. Arlene was united in marriage to Richard John Oelrich. She was blessed with two daughters, Dawn and Lisa. Arlene loved being a mom.
Arlene’s life was anchored in her faith and in her love for her family and friends. She loved the Lord with her entire heart. The simplest pleasures brought her the greatest joy. She enjoyed nature’s beauty, loved tending to her flowers, watching the birds at the feeders outside her window, and listening to inspirational music. She loved visiting her family and friends in person with a cup of coffee in hand or over the phone. Arlene loved big and loved to laugh. She was so proud of her daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She had special relationships with her sisters and many nieces and nephews. She always wanted to know what all the kids were up to. Whenever she heard there was a new baby on the way or heard about a funny thing the kids said or did, her day got a little brighter. The children made her heart smile.
Arlene will be dearly missed by her daughters, Dawn (William) Schultz of Arizona and North Dakota and Lisa Kelly of Virginia; her beloved grandchildren, Jeremy Schultz, Jana Davis, Morgan Schultz, Kaylee (Brennan) Spezia, Josh Kelly, Kate (Daryl) Johnson, Megan Kelly, and Erin Kelly; 10 cherished great-grandchildren; sisters, Phyllis (Tim) Boesl, LouAnn Carlson, and Mary (Richard) Zastrow; as well as many special nieces and nephews.
Arlene was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Frankie Herzog; brother-in-law, Dale Carlson; and nephews, Steve Boesl, Curt Boesl and Alex Boesl.
We are comforted knowing that Arlene is having a reunion in heaven with those who have gone before her and that one day we will meet again.
"Grieve a while for me, but tarry I pray; and remember, though I seem far away I will always be with you in heart, and will watch over you until we meet again."
In memory of one we all love.❤️ Nov 27 2021 3:11 PM
I wish to extend my sympathies to the Herzog family members in the death of Arlene. She was kindly conversational in all the events we jointly experienced over time with her mother's family.
Mary Lou Thunselle Nov 27 2021 2:58 PM
I knew her in the late 1960's and early 1970's. Such a wonderful person. My condolence to the family.
Rick Nelson Nov 25 2021 4:54 PM
You are in my heart and prayers. Your mom was a strong kind lady.
I wish you and your family the best.
Sieni Terry (nee Jane Nelson)
Sieni Terry Nov 25 2021 2:51 PM
My sincere sympathy to you Dawn, Jana, Jack and all of the family.
Claryce Iverson Nov 25 2021 9:50 AM
I will always remember Arlene\'s unique and contagious laugh as well as her heart of gold. I pray that our Lord provide comfort to family and friends as they navigate their \"see you laters\" for Arlene (I remember she favored that over \"good-bye.\")
Michael Kelly Nov 24 2021 8:10 PM
A candle was lit in memory of Arlene Oelrich
Art & Linda Peterson were neighbors to her parents until they passedaway Nov 24 2021 5:57 PM
Dear Dawn & Lisa, it was an honor to meet your mom 9 1/2 years ago. I will miss her phone calls and goodies she left at our front door. Her faith was strong. May our heavenly Father wrap his loving arms around you & your families. Heaven gained a beautiful "Angel".
Steve & Karen Samek Nov 24 2021 5:18 PM
Arlene was not only my sister but also my friend there was nothing I could not talk to her about we had our good happy times and our bad times but at the end of the day we were the best of sisters I will miss the phone calls when I felt out of sorts or discouraged she was there to listen never judging It will be along time before the loss lessons but I know we will meet again. In God's house to live love forever
LouAnn Carlson Nov 24 2021 5:04 PM