Arlene (Matthews) Gerdeman, 90, of Des Moines, formerly of Sioux Rapids and Linn Grove, passed away Wednesday, May 9, 2007, at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines.
Funeral services for Arlene will be held at 1:30 p.m. today, Saturday, May 12, 2007, at the Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home for one hour prior to service time. Interment will be at Barnes Township Cemetery at Linn Grove.
Arlene Lyons, the daughter of William and Opal (Dailey) Lyons, was born at Ruthven on March 5, 1917. She lived her youth and received her education at Linn Grove, graduating from the Linn Grove High School.
Arlene was united in marriage to Clifford Matthews on Sept. 16, 1939. This union was blessed with two daughters: Judy and Angela. Clifford and Arlene resided in the Sioux Rapids and Linn Grove communities, where Clifford was in the banking profession. Prior to beginning their family, Arlene had been a beautician, but after their children were born, she enjoyed being a homemaker, wife, and mother. Clifford died in 1973.
Arlene later married Earl Gerdeman and during their married life time they resided in Hartley, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and Des Moines. While living in Hartley, Arlene and Earl assisted with the operation of the Baumgarten Funeral Home. The past four years, Arlene has resided with her daughter, Angela, in Des Moines.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her two husbands.
Arlene was proud to have been a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star.
Arlene is survived by her children: Judy and Bob Petersen of Omaha, Neb., and Angela Matthews of Des Moines; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
The Sliefert Funeral Home of Sioux Rapids is in charge of arrangements.