Arlene Hoben Boblit

Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Arlene Hoben Boblit

Services for Arlene Hoben Boblit, 91 were held Monday, Dec. 8, 2008 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ruthven. Rev. Peter Nguyen and Rev. Tom Geelan co-celebrated the service.

Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery in Ruthven.

Arlene passed away Friday, Dec. 5, 2008 at the Ruthven Community Care Center.

Arlene (Heighton) Boblit, daughter of Roy and Ella (Burke) Heighton, was born Oct. 6, 1917 in Milford. She attended school at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Milford and graduated from St. Mary's Academy in Emmetsburg.

On Oct. 6, 1937 Arlene was united in marriage to Earl Hoben in Emmetsburg. To this union six children were born. Arlene and Earl farmed near Ayrshire and Ruthven before moving into Ruthven. Earl passed away March 16, 1970.

Arlene married Gene Boblit in Ruthven on June 2, 1973. Arlene worked at Schurg Grocery Store and later at Hoben Sundries. She then worked for Maurice Brennan, as a bookkeeper, at Brennan Electric in Emmetsburg.

Arlene was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ruthven where she was active in Ladies Guild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands: Earl Hoben and Gene Boblit; a sister, Gwen Kelly; son, Jim Hoben; one grandson; one great granddaughter; and son-in-law, Francis Baloun.

Arlene is survived by her children: Sharon Baloun of Lakefield, Minn., Ellen Hoben of Ruthven, Shirley Krieg and husband, Roger of Ruthven, Martha Dyer and wife, Ken of Ruthven, and Bill Hoben and wife, Julie of Iowa City; daughter-in-law, Joan Hoben of Laurens; 21 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and step children, Jim Boblit and wife, Sarah of Bettendorf, Mike Boblit and wife, Carol of Davenport, Tom Boblit and wife, Susan of Spencer, Bill Boblit of Emmetsburg, Jerry Boblit of Richmond, Wis., and Barbara Larson and husband, Richard of Ruthven.

Arrangements were handled by by Martin-Mattice Funeral Home.