B. Arlene Oelberg

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B. Arlene Oelberg, age 88 of Elma, IA passed away on Sunday, March 20, 2022 at Colonial Manor in Elma. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma, IA with Pastor Paula Hemann officiating. There will be a two hour visitation at the funeral home prior to the funeral services on Wednesday. Online condolences may be left at www.conway-markhamfh.com. Memorials may be directed to the family. Beverley ‘Arlene’ Oelberg was born on July 31, 1933 in Des Moines, IA to Oral and Edna (Flint) Anderson. Arlene graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines in 1951. She attended Iowa State University, graduating in 1955 with her Bachelors (BS) in Child Development. On June 22, 1958, Arlene was united in marriage to Christian ‘Doc’ Oelberg in Des Moines, IA. Following their marriage, the couple resided in Ames while Christian finished his degree. After his graduation, the couple resided in Winthrop for one year. Where they welcomed the birth of their son (Jim). On May 1, 1960, they moved to Elma and Christian took over the veterinary practice of Dr. W. C. McGrath. Arlene became a secretary for the practice. In Elma, they were blessed with two daughters (Edith and Karen). Together Arlene and Christian served the Elma area for 38 years, before retiring in 1998. Arlene enjoyed playing bridge, being a Cub Scout leader, traveling with her daughter Edith, rock hounding geodes, arrowhead hunting, watching her grandchildren grow up, and serving in the Elma United Methodist Church. She served as president of the United Methodist Women for several years. She also enjoyed and served in Eastern Star as Grand Adah, Worthy Matron among many other roles. Arlene is survived by two children, Jim Oelberg of Clinton, Iowa, and Karen (Alnoor) Karim of Elma; a son-in-law Roger Lenehan; seven grandchildren; Nadine (Fiancée Jerod Westemeier) Lenehan, Sultan (Becki) Karim, Rahamat Karim, Parveen Karim, Shiraz Karim, Javad Karim, and Cyrus Karim. She was preceded in death by her parents, Oral and Edna Anderson; husband, Christian (Doc); daughter, Edith Lenehan; and a grandson, Aslam Karim.

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