Arlene P. Cooper, 85, of Tomah passed away Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, at Cranberry Court Assisted Living.
She was born Jan. 16, 1932, to Ernst and Esther (VonHaden) Prechel in the town of Ridgeville. Arlene attended Ridgeville Grade School. On May 28, 1955, she was united in marriage to Arthur J. Cooper in Beloit. He preceded her in death Aug. 7, 2003. Together they farmed and raised their family in the town of Ridgeville. She also worked at Freeman Shoe Factory, Toro, and provided daycare for the Charlie and Melissa Thiedeman Family. Arlene was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church in Tomah. She enjoyed working with her hands and was a talented embroiderer. She would embroider pillow cases for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed country rides and visiting with her family, neighbors and friends. Arlene was a devoted wife and a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her family was most important to her and little children always brought joy to her face.
She is survived by her four daughters, Marcia (John) Ollendick, Vicki (Rick) Wright, Debi (Roger) Schoonover and Tami (Brian) Humphrey; 12 grandchildren, Carrie (Nemo) Wilbanks, John (Kelli) Ollendick, Amanda (Ted) Schultz, Kelly (Todd) Squires, Holly (Matt) Rowell, Casey (Kelly) Harp, Tessa (Chet) Clark, Erica (Will) Pike, Kalla Burke, Wes (fiancé, Shawna) Burke, Debbie Humphrey and Kevin Humphrey; 24 great-grandchildren, Seby, Mya and Zelma, Carter, Cale, Collin and Calynn, Taylor, Jacob and Garrett, Morgan and Macy, Blake, Emma and Landon, Amber, Arien, Thomas, Brenda and Arria, Ella, Pearl, Rylan and Ayla. She is further survived by a sister, Bernadine of Middleton.
In addition to her parents, she is further preceded in death by her husband, Art; and two sisters, Vivian and her twin, Arlis.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at First United Methodist Church, Tomah. Pastor Krysta Deede will officiate. Burial will be in the East Lawn Cemetery, Alma Center. Relatives and friends are invited for a time of visitation from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home, 801 E. Monowau St. Tomah and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Friday at the church. Online condolences may be given at www.sonnenburgfamilyfh.com.