Arlene K. Oelrich, age 77, of Alexandria, passed away peacefully into the arms of Jesus on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at Alomere Health in Alexandria.
A celebration of Arlene’s life will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, November 29, 2021, at Lind Family Funeral Home in Alexandria with Pastor Gregg Donnelly officiating. Masks are requested. Arlene’s service will be livestreamed on her obituary page on the funeral home’s website. Interment will follow at the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Alexandria.
Visitation is one hour prior to the service.
Arlene Kathryn (Herzog) Oelrich was born in Alexandria, to Francis William and Frances Ann (Thoennes) Herzog. Arlene was united in marriage to Richard John Oelrich. She was blessed with two daughters, Dawn and Lisa. Arlene loved being a mom.
Arlene’s life was anchored in her faith and in her love for her family and friends. She loved the Lord with her entire heart. The simplest pleasures brought her the greatest joy. She enjoyed nature’s beauty, loved tending to her flowers, watching the birds at the feeders outside her window, and listening to inspirational music. She loved visiting her family and friends in person with a cup of coffee in hand or over the phone. Arlene loved big and loved to laugh. She was so proud of her daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She had special relationships with her sisters and many nieces and nephews. She always wanted to know what all the kids were up to. Whenever she heard there was a new baby on the way or heard about a funny thing the kids said or did, her day got a little brighter. The children made her heart smile.
Arlene will be dearly missed by her daughters, Dawn (William) Schultz of Arizona and North Dakota and Lisa Kelly of Virginia; her beloved grandchildren, Jeremy Schultz, Jana Davis, Morgan Schultz, Kaylee (Brennan) Spezia, Josh Kelly, Kate (Daryl) Johnson, Megan Kelly, and Erin Kelly; 10 cherished great-grandchildren; sisters, Phyllis (Tim) Boesl, LouAnn Carlson, and Mary (Richard) Zastrow; as well as many special nieces and nephews.
Arlene was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Frankie Herzog; brother-in-law, Dale Carlson; and nephews, Steve Boesl, Curt Boesl and Alex Boesl.
We are comforted knowing that Arlene is having a reunion in heaven with those who have gone before her and that one day we will meet again.