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Arlene Wessman, age 92, of Albert City, Iowa, died on Friday, August 31, 2018, at the Pleasant View Home in Albert City.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Albert City. Burial will be in the Fairfield Township Cemetery. Visitation will take place on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 from 5-7:00 p.m. at the Sliefert Funeral Home in Albert City. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Albert City is in charge of arrangements.
Arlene Esther Peterson, the daughter of Waldemar and Esther (Gustafson) Peterson was born on November 30, 1925, on a farm northwest of Albert City. She was baptized and confirmed at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Albert City. Arlene attended the Albert City School and graduated in 1943 with her class of 24 students. Following graduation, she worked at Johnson Hardware in Albert City until she married Richard Wessman on November 23, 1944. It was Thanksgiving Day and they spent that night at Arlene’s parent’s home, before leaving for Sioux City the next day.
In addition to raising her busy family, she worked part-time at Mohr’s Grocery Store in Albert City and also at the Albert City Floral and Gift. In 1979, she and Richard had the opportunity to buy the Floral Shop which they owned and operated for eleven years. Arlene really enjoyed the people she served while owning the flower shop.
Arlene was a member of the Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Albert City, the WELCA at Our Saviors, the HOA Club, the Golden Rule Club, Young at Heart and a board member of the Historical Association for 15 years.
Arlene loved to bake. Her bread, cinnamon rolls, rye bread, pies and gravy were the best. When a family would come for a visit, spamburgers were always served. It was tradition. She crocheted afghans and our favorite “scratchies”, that we will all miss. She sewed a quilt for each granddaughter and a blue jean quilt for each grandson. She and Richard took many trips to visit their children and enjoyed numerous bus trips together. She loved a good game of pinochle and was in many 500 card clubs. Arlene still loved to arrange flowers when she moved to the Pleasant View Home in October of 2016. She always greeted everyone she met with a smile. Arlene felt she was the “welcoming committee” at the Pleasant View Home for new residents. Arlene was still able to go to the farm and enjoyed cooking, freezing corn, planting flowers and even washing dishes.
Arlene’s life will always be loved and cherished by her family which includes Rosemary Cohoon of Albert City, Iowa, Annette Boswell of Portland, Oregon, Dee Pearce (Jeff Gibbons) of Scottsdale, Arizona, Tom Wessman (Jodie Morin) of Albert City, Iowa, Patty (Marc) Hagenson of Tempe, Arizona, Linda (Bruce) Baier of Alta, Iowa, her grandchildren: Kerry Cohoon, Kert (Tracy) Cohoon, Kris Cohoon, Michael (Stephanie) Ackerman, Michelle (Ben) McCollum, Tokey (Eileen) Boswell, Addie (Adam) Crane, Meghan (Sean) Alfonso, Jessica (Shane) Melde, Heidi Hagenson, Calvin Hagenson, Ben Baier, Jamie (Aaron) Kennison, and Jessie (Kyle) Hansen, 12 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren, one sister: Mavis Foster of Albert City, Iowa, one sister-in-law: Arlene Riffle of Perry, Iowa, many nieces, nephews, other extended family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Richard, her daughter: Anita Ackerman, two sisters-in-law, four brothers-in-law, and one grandchild.
Blessed be the memory of Arlene Wessman.