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Arlene Wolf

Arlene Virgine (Koch) Letsche Wolf, age 96 of Remsen, Iowa, passed away Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 at Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen.

Funeral service were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at Christ Lutheran Church LCMS in Remsen with Pastor Garret Kasper officiating.  Burial followed at the Remsen Community Cemetery.

Casket bearers were Dennis Vaske, Fred Eiteman, Tom Letsche, Vernon Letsche, Marty Letsche, Matthew Recker.

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Arlene was born April 13, 1923 in Remsen, Iowa, the daughter of William and Mary (Steffen) Koch.  She was baptized and confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church in Remsen.

She graduated from Remsen High School in 1939.

Arlene married Harold Letsche on August 26, 1941 at Christ Lutheran Church.  They lived on the Letsche family farm southeast of Remsen.

Two children, Jean and Anthony, were adopted in 1955.  Harold passed away September 26, 1967.

Arlene moved into Remsen in 1968 and worked as a Nurses aid at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars.

Arlene married James Wolf on November 25, 1977 at Christ Lutheran Church and lived on his farm near Le Mars until December 1980, when they moved into Remsen. James passed away January 20, 2009.

Arlene was a lifelong member of Christ Lutheran Church.  She was a Sunday school teacher for 20 years and she sang in the choir. She joined Ladies Aid in 1947 and held several offices.

Arlene belonged to the Jolly Bidders card club, a pinochle club and a coffee club.  Her hobbies were knitting, crocheting and reading.

She is survived by her daughter, Jean Recker of Le Mars, IA; her son, Anthony Letsche of Ridgecrest, CA; seven grandchildren: Vicki (Don) Haack & family of Le Mars, IA; Mike (Debbie) Recker and family of Merengo, IA; Ted (Shannon) Recker & family of Le Mars; Matt (Penny) Recker and family of Le Mars; Loren Letsche of Florida; Shawn Letsche of Wyoming; and Tami (Chris) Hall and family of Ridgecrest, CA; many great-grandchildren; several great-great grandchildren; nine stepchildren: Dennis Wolf, Peg Wolf, Diane (Ken) Phelan, Maynard (Karen) Wolf, Mary Ellen (David) Silverberg, Judy (Mike) Zalesky, Mike (Liz)Wolf, Christine Wolf and Wayne (Diane) Wolf; many step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren; nieces Donna Kendall of Remsen; Carol (Fred)  Eiteman & family of Perry, IA; Jan (Dennis) Vaske and family of Park Rapids, MN; and Kathy Beelner and family of Duluth, MN; nephews Gary Schlerf and Steven Schlerf both of Baltimore, MD and Mike (JaNell)  Beelner of Park Rapids, MN; a sister-in-law, Phyllis Wolf; as well as nieces and nephews on the Letsche side and several step-nieces and nephews on the Wolf side.

She was preceded in death by, her parents; both husbands; sisters Roma (Edgar) Kendall, Esther (John) Schlerf and Lois (Marcel) Beelner; one niece and one nephew, both in infancy; her son-in-law, Richard Recker; her daughter-in-law, Debra Letsche; her step daughter, Nancy Wolf; her step daughter-in-law, Margaret Wolf; her step-granddaughter, Marissa Wolf; and her brother-in-law, Lloyd Wolf.

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