Shirley Arens, age 86 of Hartington, Nebraska, went to join the Lord and her husband, Ralph on Valentine's Day, Friday, February 14, 2014 at the Golden Living Center in Hartington.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington with the Rev. Jeffery Loseke officiating. Burial will be at St. Michael's cemetery in Hartington. Visitation will be on Sunday from 1-4:00 p.m. with a Vigil service at 2:00 p.m. at the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington. Visitation will continue on Monday, at church, one hour prior to services. Pallbearers will be T. Luke McAllister, Adam Murray, Burnell Herbolsheimer, and Ray Lenzen.
Shirley M. Arens was born on April 30, 1927 at Osmond, NE at her Grandma and Grandpa Craven's farm to Christopher and Loretta (Craven) Steele. She moved to Hartington, Ne in 1930. At age 14 her parents moved to Wausa, NE and she stayed behind and worked for Mr. & Mrs. Mike Kuchera. Shirley graduated from Hartington Public School and then worked for a number of years at the Ben Franklin Variety Store. Shirley married Ralph R. Arens on April 11, 1959 in Hartington. They were married 50 years before he passed in 2009. She worked for Deward Erickson, Assessor for several years. She was elected in 1967 to the office of Cedar County Clerk of District Court. Shirley retired from that position after 24 years of service.
Shirley was very involved with her children, family and friends. She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and its perpetual adoration for over 50 years. She was a prayer warrior. She was a member of the CD of A, the Historical Society for over 50 years, and life member of the Hartington VFW Auxiliary. She served as the State of Nebraska VFW Auxiliary President in 1979 and thereafter served for many years as the State of Nebraska VFW Auxiliary Treasurer. Shirley was very active in the local VFW Auxiliary and served as President and Treasurer for many years along with other offices.
She is survived by her two children Richard Arens of Interlochen, Florida; daughter Nancy McAllister of Warrenton, Oregon; two grandchildren Crystal (Adam) Murray and T. Luke McAllister ; great grandson Clayton D. Murray; one brother Christopher C. and wife Bernice Steele of Omaha, NE; five sisters and spouses Kate and Frank Costa of California, Jean Kelly of Omaha, NE, Maynon and George Dalphond of Omaha, NE, Lynn Teuton of Colorado, and Doreen and Ron Bruneau of Missouri; numerous nephews and nieces and many great nephews and nieces.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband Ralph; three brothers David, Bill and Rod Steele; sister Mary.
Memorials may be sent to: The Family of Shirley Arens; % Wintz Funeral Home, P.O. Box 505 Hartington, NE 68739.
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Please know Dick and Nancy and families that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Roberta Hoesing and family
To the family of Shirley Arens,
I am sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in knowing that "Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit." (Psalm 34;18) With sympathy,
It was an honor to sing for Shirley's funeral today. I lived down the street to the west of Ralph and Shirley and have any memories of Ralph putting up and taking down the American Flag each day. My sympathy to your family.
Dick, Nancy and Family,
Our heartfelt sympathy at the loss of your mother. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Ken & Mary Thunker
I'm so sorry for your loss. I can't even imagine your pain. You can be sure God feels your pain. Isaiah 25:8 tells us: "He will swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces." Jesus' promise of the resurrection is comforting as well (John 5:28,29). I hope these verses bring you some comfort as you endure.
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