D. Arlene Richardson

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Arlene D. Richardson, age 87, of New Hampton, IA, died on Friday, January 29, 2010 at Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton. Doris Arlene Richardson was born November 16, 1922 to Alvie and Alice (Nelson) Knutson in Chickasaw County. She was baptized and confirmed at Jerico Lutheran Church. Arlene was united in marriage to Arthur Anderson on November 19, 1940 at Saude Parsonage. Art passed away on September 11, 1958. Arlene later married Sam Richardson on October 3, 1959. Sam died on October 25, 1965. Arlene worked as Deputy County Treasurer in Chickasaw County for 18 years until her retirement in 1985. She later worked as a bookkeeper at B&D Sports for 11 years. She was a member of the Saude Lutheran Church, Business and Professional Women, County Liners, and Saude Ladies Aid. Arlene enjoyed cooking, baking, spending time with her family, traveling by car or bus. Arlene also enjoyed volunteering her time to those who needed her help. Arlene is survived by her two daughters Virginia Ginny (Fred) Kucko of Shell Rock, IA, Jan (Marv) Eiler of New Hampton; one son Randy (Darlene) Anderson of New Hampton; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two stepsons Gary (Gretchen) Richardson of Colorado Springs, CO, Reg Richardson of Sarasota, FL; one stepdaughter Carole Otto of Boulder, CO; one sister-in-law Mary Knutson of Charles City, IA; and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, two husbands Art Anderson and Sam Richardson, one stepson Jim Richardson, one brother Nels Knutson, and one niece Rhonda Knutson. Memorials: Cemetery: Burial will be at Saude Lutheran Cemetery in rural Lawler. Visitation: Visitation will be on Sunday, January 31, 2010 from 3-7pm at Conway-Kolbet Funeral Home in New Hampton. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Monday. Service: Funeral Service will be 11:00 am on Monday, February 1, 2010 at Saude Lutheran Church in rural Lawler, IA with Pastor Daniel Larson officiating.

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  1. Arlene was always a very dear and special lady, a joy to visit with even in the nursing homes both in N H and in Elema. She was a lady that I always kept in my prayers. God bless you all.

  2. Randy I am so sorry for your Moms passing. She was a true christian woman – she always had a smile when she greeted friends/family. My prayers go out to you and your family!!

  3. I was gone over the week-end and just found out Arlene died this morning when I came to work. Your mother was a very “Special” lady to me and I felt we had a special connection. I will miss her kindness as she always was so appreciative of our activities. I will also think of her everytime I do manicures as she enjoyed having her nails done and the visit we share while doing them. I stopped in the hospital to see her on Wednesday and the first thing she asked was how I was. Always thinking of the other person. You, as family meant so much to her and she was so proud of all of you. God be with you! Mary Jo

  4. I would like to extend my deepest and most sincere sympathy to all of Arlene’s family. She was a great woman and will be missed by many people. I hope that you can find comfort in the many individuals that are thinking of you at this time.

  5. Our sympathy goes out to your entire family on the passing of Arlene. She always had a positive attitude and was a joy to talk to. May God grant your family comfort.

  6. Our syupamthy to all the family. I always enjoyed having your Mom come in the bank where I worked each day when she was at the court house. Her kind words and smile made my day. God bless you, Arlene.

  7. Dear Jan and family-
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I image you’ve enjoyed extra family time in recent days as you gathered to remember and celebrate your mother’s life.

    Cyndi B.

  8. We want to extend our sincere condolences for the loss of Arlene. She was such a wonderful person and a role model for her family and friends of always trying to lead a Christian life. My mother is down here in Arizona visiting now so she also wants to send her sympathy to the family and regrets that she isn’t there to say her final farewell to Arlene. May God grant you comfort and strength to endure your loss. God bless!

  9. I first knew Arlene when I was quite young because of the “Jerico” connections of my family; later Bill and I both knew her through our paths crossing in New Hampton. We remember her nice smile and how pleasant she always was. Our deepest sympathy for your loss.

  10. I am sorry to learn about the death of D. Arlene Richardson. This must have been a difficult time for all. Therefore, I am forwarding scripture to bring solace. Please, read the following scriptures: Psalm 90:10, Genesis 5:3-32 and Hebrews 9:27.

  11. Jan & family, I just recently heard that Arlene is no longer with us. You have my deepest sympathy and prayers for peace, healing and comfort through the special memories you have collected over the years. Thinking of you ~ and keeping you in prayer.

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