Arlene Frances Kolle, age 74, joined her Lord and Savior after a year-long battle with cancer. Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Sister and Friend.
Arlene Frances Wehking, the daughter of Carl and Mamie (Minnick) Wehking, was born March 27, 1937, at their farm home just northeast of Cosmos MN, in Meeker County. Arlene was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church located in Brookfield Twp., Hector, MN. Arlene attended and graduated from Litchfield Public School in 1955. Two years later, she married Clifford Mortensen on May 12, 1957. Two children were born to this marriage, Julie and Timothy. Clifford was killed in a farm accident on April 16, 1961. Arlene and the children returned to live in Cosmos to be close to family. Arlene found employment at the Cosmos Public School where she worked as the high school principal secretary for the next 28 years, retiring in 1994.
Arlene and Rodney Kolle where united in marriage on July 29, 1972, at Peace Lutheran Church in Cosmos. They resided in Cosmos until they retired in 1994. Upon retirement, Arlene and Rodney moved to Vergas, MN, and retired on East Spirit Lake where they enjoyed spending time together and with family and friends.
Arlene is survived by her husband, Rodney; children, Julie (James) Walter and Timothy (Lisa) Mortensen; eleven grandchildren, Kristi (Steve) White, Kelly, Heidi, Mandy, Dustin, Naomi, Abby, Anna and Tonya Walter; and David and Emily Mortensen; one great-grandchild, Lily Mortensen; one brother, Milo Wehking; and two sisters, ShirleyAnn Lund and Loretta (Arthur) Peterson.
Arlene was preceded in death by husband Clifford; parents, Carl and Mamie; brother, Myron; and infant sisters, Donna and Gloria.
Throughout her life Arlene was active in her church sharing many roles in various women's organizations. Arlene lived for family, friends and birthdays. She enjoyed cooking, canning, quilting, visiting and being involved in her family's activities.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 8th at 2:00 p.m., at St Paul's Lutheran Church, Loon Lake, Vergas, MN. Visitation 1 hour prior to the funeral. Another funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m., October 9, 2011, at Peace Lutheran Church in Cosmos, MN. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the service on Sunday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Health Resource Center (formerly AGAPE), Fergus Falls MN., St Paul's Lutheran Church, The American Cancer Society, or a charity of the donor's choice.
Burial will be October 9th, following a memorial service at Peace Lutheran Cemetery, Cosmos MN.