Arleen Gronemeyer, 85, passed away on
Saturday, May 2, 2020, at St. Francis Terrace.
Arleen was born at home in Mequon, on April
29, 1935, the daughter of Richard and Frances Sachse. She was baptized and
confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freistadt. She attended Cedarburg
High School for two years before entering the workforce. She met the love of
her life, Franklin W. Gronemeyer at a polka dance, which they continued to go
to through much of their married life. They were married on May 4, 1957, at
Trinity Lutheran Church in Freistadt, WI. They lived in Germantown for 39
years before moving to Fond du Lac following retirement. Franklin preceded
her in death on January 24, 2019.
Arleen knew the meaning of work. She helped
at a young age on their family vegetable farm. After high school she worked
at Doerr Electric and later ran the office and check-out for Sentry foods.
Her final job was serving breakfast to the seminary students at Wisconsin
Lutheran Seminary. She never shied away from cooking for a crowd; keeping
detailed notes on the menu and quantities served. She was an active member of
the Ladies’ Aide groups at each church they belonged to. She loved to volunteer,
whether it was sewing bibs for nursing homes, raising money for a good cause
or teaching crochet to a room full of 4-H youth. She was an avid collector of
anything to do with chickens and outhouses, and never failed to return from a
trip with a rock or five to add to her flowerbeds. Faith was an important
part of her life, and she would frequently end her conversations with
“Keep God at the center of your heart.”
She is survived by her children: Frank
(Kristin) Gronemeyer of Auburndale, Lori (Jim) Quackenboss of Fond du Lac,
eight grandchildren: Alex (Jenessa), Caleb, Tori and Rachel Gronemeyer and
Andrew, Eric, Bradley and Katie Quackenboss; her sister, Marjorie (Kermit)
Habben of Phoenix, AZ, her brother, Richard Sachse of California, her
sisters-in-law: Jackie Sachse of Queen Creek, AZ and Eleanore Gronemeyer of
Cedarburg; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her
husband Franklin, her brother Gerald, and her sisters: Lillian Funk and
Private family services will take place on
Saturday, May 9, 2020 at Kurki Funeral Chapel & Crematory. Burial will
follow at Lyons Forest Home Cemetery on Hillview Road in St. Cloud.
Thank you to the staff at St. Francis Terrace
and St. Agnes Hospice Hope.
Kurki Funeral Chapel & Crematory is
serving the family, www.kurkifuneralchapel.com. 920-921-4420.