Arlene Amanda Mann, 83, formerly of Luverne, died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, at the Bethany Home in Brandon, South Dakota.
A funeral service was Saturday, Nov. 4, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Luverne. Burial followed at Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne.
Arlene Burmeister and her twin sister, Darlene, were born on Nov. 5, 1933, to Gustav and Amanda (Paulsen) Burmeister in Luverne. Arlene was baptized on Feb. 4, 1934, and confirmed on July 6, 1947, both at St. John Lutheran Church in Luverne.
At the age of 11, Arlene began working at The Eighty Drive-In in Luverne. Three years later she started at Renfro Variety. She continued to work at the variety store after she graduated from Luverne High School in 1951.
On Dec. 27, 1953, Arlene married Eugene Mann at St. John Lutheran Church in Luverne. The couple began their married life in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, where Eugene was stationed with the United States Army. In 1954 they moved to the army base at Fort Sheridan, Illinois. After Eugene’s discharge later that same year, the couple returned to the Luverne area to begin farming.
Once her children were through elementary school, Arlene worked at Sears and Shaw Drugstore in Luverne. In 1982 Arlene and Eugene retired from farming and moved into Luverne. In 2013 they became residents of Bethany Meadows in Brandon, South Dakota.
Arlene was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Luverne. She participated in Ladies Aid, Extension Club, and volunteered with 4-H. Arlene loved woodworking, sewing, and making crafts of all kinds. She enjoyed designing church banners, bulletin boards, and other Christian and seasonal decorations. She also enjoyed playing the organ and card games. She and Eugene spent time traveling in their camper.
Arlene is survived by her husband, Eugene, Brandon; five children, Belinda (Daniel) Kroska, St. Joseph, Brian (Patty) Mann, Cheyenne, Wyoming, Brenda (Mark) Mann Harrison, Snohomish, Washington, Bryce (Stacey) Mann, Lewes, Delaware, and Benita (Scott) Dingman, Bemidji; 13 grandchildren, Josh Mann, Eric Mann, Angi Pense, Shari Gilbert, Elizabeth Harrison DeVivi, Leah Harrison Naccarato, Blake Mann, Brynn Mann, Bryan Mann, Alexis Burger, Victoria Burger, Ryan Dingman and Mya Dingman Totzauer; 5 great-grandchildren; a twin sister and brother-in-law: Darlene (Walt) Johnson, Brooklyn Park; and a sister-in-law, Betty Burmeister, Luverne.
She was preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law, Elaine (Peter) Jensen, and two brothers and one sister-in-law, Richard Burmeister and Wayne (Doloris) Burmeister.
Memorials are preferred to Bethany Lutheran Church Ladies’ Aid.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.