At 101 years old, Arlene went to be with the Lord on January 2.  She was a beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend.  Arlene was born to Clarence and Christine Nelson on September 12, 1919 in Frederick, Wisconsin.  She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clarence; son, Jerry; and 3 siblings.  She is survived by her three children, Darla (Ken) Czech, David (Margaret) Handlos and Cindy (Don) Peltier; daughter in law, Anita Handlos; 10 grandchildren, Sharene (John) Peltier, Steven Handlos, David (Jodi) Handlos, Heidi (Brad) Kaloupek, Stephanie (Chris) Howard, Polly (Josh) Dwuznik, Michael Handlos, Holly (Branden) Loesch, Andre (Jacey) Peltier, and Cami (Doug Jarnot) Czech; 10.75 great grandchildren; longtime friend, Jill Olson; and many extended family members and dear friends.

Arlene was a longtime member of First Lutheran Church (now known as Community of Grace) in White Bear Lake, where she taught Sunday school for over 50 years.  Above all, she had strong faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and loved praying for others.

Arlene always enjoyed being around people.  Until her stroke last January which left her left side paralyzed, she was very active and fiercely independent – she enjoyed bowling, golfing, traveling, playing with her great grandchildren, volunteering at Global Health Ministries and weekly gatherings with the quilters and other church friends.  Arlene was known for her giving of unconditional love and support for her family and friends.  She will be greatly missed and remain forever in our hearts.

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Allen Schultz

I was so lucky to have known this wonderful lady later in her life. We had an annual anniversary party at my brothers house every year labor day weekend. Up until COVID, she was there every year spending a couple hours with my mother and I talking about White Bear Schools. She will be missed so much by us at future gatherings.

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