Arlene G Klobassa
October 12, 1925 ~ May 8, 2021
Arlene Grace Klobassa, age 95, of Elma, IA passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at Colonial Manor in Elma. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Alta Vista, IA with Father Jerry Kopacek celebrating the mass. There will be a two hour visitation at the church prior to the funeral mass on Tuesday. Burial will be held at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Alta Vista. Online condolences may be left at www.conway-markhamfh.com. Memorials may be directed to the family or donor's choice. We strongly those in attendance of the visitation and funeral mass to mindfully wear your mask. Those not able to attend in person may join the family via Conway-Markham Funeral Home's Facebook Page as we live stream Arlene's services. Arlene Grace was born October 12, 1925, the daughter of James and Anna (Zobeck) Vokaty near Schley, IA. As a child, she attended country school and at Our Lady of Lourdes School. After completing her education, Arlene worked for the nuns at Immaculate Conception School in Elma as a cook, as skill she would fine tune into a passion throughout her life. While working in Elma, she met and fell in love with Francis Klobassa. The couple were united in marriage on May 8, 1945 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. They made their home in the rural Alta Vista/Elma area all their married life. Arlene enjoyed gardening and helping Francis on the farm, while raising their three children; Charlene, Jim, and Gary, (a son Joseph died in infancy). As much as she enjoyed her children, becoming a grandmother and great grandmother was the most special gift to her. Arlene enjoyed cooking and baking, and could often be found reading cook books in her spare time.. Her specialties were kolaches, soups, dressing and pies. In her golden years, Arlene and Francis spent weekends at their summer home in Lansing, IA where they met new friends and entertained family. She was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church and Rosary Society. Those living, left to cherish Arlene’s memory are her children, Charlene (Larry) Meirick and Gary (Marilyn) Klobassa, both of Alta Vista, IA; her grandchildren, Shelly (Dax) Lawless of Marion, IA, Darrin Meirick of Alta Vista, Ryan (Michelle) Klobassa of Sioux Falls, SD, Brad (Rachel) Klobassa of Adel, IA, Kurt (Tamara) Klobassa of Irving, TX, Kristi (Tyler) Rosonke of Elma, IA and Kayci Klobassa of Charles City, IA; her great grandchildren, Hunter, Gabie, Lexie, Gianna, Clare, Ryder, Lydia, Brooks and Tyson, along with numerous nieces and nephews. She was welcomed home into heaven by her parents; her husband, Francis on their 76 wedding anniversary; her sons, Jim and Joseph (in infancy), and grandson, Ronnie Meirick.