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PRUISNER, Arelene 1927-2013


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 4/26/2017 at 10:02:56

Arelene Evelyn Pruisner, age 86, of Aplington, Iowa, was born on February 6, 1927, on the family farm near Aplington, the daughter of Albert H. and Grace (Buseman) Tjebkes. She attended rural country school near Parkersburg until 3rd grade, followed by country school near Allison until her senior year, and then graduated from Dike High School in 1943.

Arelene was united in marriage with Gordon Pruisner on June 16, 1944, at her parent’s farm near Parkersburg. To this union five children were born. The couple made their home and farmed in the Aplington area for a number of years. Arelene was a full time mother, seamstress and also raised many foster children over the years.

Arelene was a member of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Aplington where she was active in Bible Study and became known by fellow church members as the “Prayer Warrior”. She enjoyed playing piano, cards, helped establish “Share Iowa” in the Aplington area and loved flowers. Perhaps one of her greatest joys was time spent with her family.

Arelene passed away on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at the Rehabilitation Center of Allison, of natural causes. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Gordon in 1984; one daughter, Lani Jo Pruisner; a grandson, William Blain Koehler; four brothers, John, Thomas, Henry and Albert Tjebkes; four sisters, Annie Lindeman, Grace Bohner, Reka Harberts and Henrietta Tjebkes.

Arelene is survived by four daughters, Sonja Pruisner of Chaska, MN, Cheryl (Dean) Propst of Tama, IA, Vicki (Richard) Koehler of Tama, IA, and Terri Sue (Ron) Best of Aplington, IA; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; five foster children, Virginia Smith, B.J. Smith, Ron Smith, Mike Smith and Everett Siddell; one brother-in-law, Donald (Leona) Pruisner of Dike, IA; two sisters-in-law, Rosemary Tjebkes of Waterloo, IA and Edna Tjebkes of Ankeny, IA.

Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, October 26, 2013, at the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Aplington with burial held in Elmwood Cemetery, Dike.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 25, 2013, at the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 917 Howard Street, in Aplington and will continue for one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.

Redman-Schwartz Funeral Chapel in Aplington is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be directed to the Evangelical Presbyterian Church Mission Fund.

--Redman-Schwartz Funeral Homes (www.redman-schwartz.com)


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