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Arlene A. Wright

January 18, 1929 April 30, 2017
Arlene  A.  Wright
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Obituary for Arlene A. Wright

Arlene A. Wright, 88, of Anthon, Iowa, passed away Sunday, April 30, 2017, at the Willow Dale Wellness Village of Battle Creek, Iowa.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 4, 2017, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church of Anthon, Iowa. Father Dan Greving will officiate; Committal Services will follow in the Mt. St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery of Anthon, Iowa. A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with a Rosary at 4:45 p.m. and a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church of Anthon, Iowa. The Armstrong - Van Houten Funeral Home of Anthon, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online www.armstrongfuneral.com

Arlene was born January 18, 1929, in New Providence, Iowa, the daughter of Frank and Tressa Lawler. Arlene was a star player on the 1946 New Providence High School girls basketball team that won runner-up in the Iowa High School Basketball State Tournament.
Arlene was united in marriage to Eugene Wright February 10, 1948, at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Eldora, Iowa. After their marriage, they farmed a few years in New Providence, then took the plunge and moved to Anthon, Iowa to start a new life.
Arlene and Gene raised cattle, hogs and many acres of crops. Arlene hauled corn, cattle and seed corn to the field, made lunches for all the helpers, and whatever else she was called to do.
She was a leader of the Anthon Anthonettes 4-H Club, where her children were active members. She served on the chapter of the Catholic Daughters of America at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Anthon, Iowa for many years.
She and Gene loved to play bridge and were members of a bridge club in Anthon. She also loved to play golf with her friends at the Willow Vale golf club in Mapleton, Iowa. She was known for entertaining guests. Many meals and desserts were enjoyed by family and friends at the Wright household.
During retirement she spent many hours watching her grandchildren’s events. Events could include sports, concerts or school plays and she was always there in the very front row. Besides her faith in God her family was most important to her.
Arlene’s last seven years of her life were spent at Willow Dale Wellness Village in Battle Creek, IA. The staff and residents became like family to her. She will be deeply missed.
Survivors include her brother, Dick and Mary Lou Lawler of Eldora; three daughters, Carma and Jon Manns of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Debra and Stan Todd of Cushing, Iowa, and Sandra and Bill Ortner of Danbury, Iowa; 13 grandchildren, Skye and Jon Larson, Brad and Brady Wright, Paul (Stephanie) Manns, Jeff (Rebecca) Manns and Whitney Manns, Travis (Tara) Todd, Ethan (Megan) Todd, Ashley (Jeff) Diediker, Emily (Austin) Willer, Steve (Jillian) Ortner, Lisa Ortner and Fiancé David Mapes, Carrie (Steven) Dibelka; 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; Her husband Eugene; her sons, Anthony, in infancy, Keith and Robert Wright; and a grandson, Nathan Todd; Brothers, Lewis Lawler, Raymond Lawler and Verle Lawler; sisters, Lucille Dakins, Frances Schafer, Mid Walton and Marilyn Harvey.

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Visitation

Wednesday

3

May

5:00 PM 5/3/2017 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 5/3/2017 7:00:00 PM
St. Joseph Catholic Church-Anthon

400 East Randolph Street
Anthon, IA 51004

Rosary at 4:45 p.m. Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m.

St. Joseph Catholic Church-Anthon
400 East Randolph Street Anthon 51004 IA
United States

Funeral Service

Thursday

4

May

10:30 AM 5/4/2017 10:30:00 AM
St. Joseph Catholic Church-Anthon

400 East Randolph Street
Anthon, IA 51004

St. Joseph Catholic Church-Anthon
400 East Randolph Street Anthon 51004 IA
United States
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