Arlene G Klobassa

arlene klobassa
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 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 Arleneā€™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.

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  1. Charlene and Gary I am so sorry to hear of your moms passing. She was such a great lady & will always have a special spot in my heart. I have so many memories I could write a book. One of my fondest was picking up eggs(without a stick) and not my favorite task to do with Charlene when spending the night. Arlene was a great cook also. those kolaches & carrot cake, from scratch of course, were out of this world. She is at peace now & we will keep here memories alive for years to come. Our love, thought and prayers are with you and your families.

  2. Charlene, Shelley & family So sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom / Grandma. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Sending love and hugs to you all

  3. Dear Charlene & family, Sincere sympathy on the loss of your Mom. We have lots of good memories growing up as neighbors & getting together for meals & cards. Enjoy all this memories. Dorothy & Don Link

  4. Larry and Charlene. Sending our condolences to you and all of Arlene’s family – Such a sweet lady !

  5. My mom, Regina (Dutch) Smith Bielefeld, had a great friendship with Arlene. My deepest sympathy for the family.

  6. My mom, Regina (Dutch) Smith Bielefeld, had a great friendship with Arlene. My deepest sympathy for the family.

  7. My sincere sympathy to all. I will always cherish Arlene and I’s trip to Geraldine Bilidt’s 80th Birthday party. We talked about old memories, enjoyed talking to family we hadn’t seen in a long time, got caught in a big rain ( and laughed) and both enjoyed a beer when I dropped her off at her house. Arlene and all of you have always had a special place in my heart I know her and Fritz are catching up on everything and she will be looking down and taking care of all of you. God Bless. Nancy Deutsch

  8. Gary and Marilyn – I’m so sorry to read of Arlene’s passing. On behalf of the Andy and Sally Grober family, please accept my deepest sympathy. May your memories bring you comfort in the days ahead.

  9. I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Arlene as such a sweet and caring person. She always had a smile and greeting for me. God bless her and keep her in his care. Connie (Sweeney)Dykes

  10. My deepest sympathy. I had the pleasure to get to know Arlene on our bus rides to Tama. I was lucky enough to sit with her quite often and little did we know 14 months ago today would be our last trip. She was a real pleasure to talk to and will miss her.

  11. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. We love you.

  12. To the family of Arlene – you have our deepest sympathy. Wishing you peace to bring comfort in the upcoming days. Cherish the wonderful memories made along the way. God bless you all.

  13. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

  14. What a lovely lady. I have really enjoyed Arlene over the years. Our deepest sympathy to her family. Rest In Peace.

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