Arlene Eva Lehner

May 10, 1938 – Dec. 9, 2010

Arlene E. Lehner, 72, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, at Angels-Grace Hospice in Oconomowoc after a courageous battle with cancer.

Arlene was born May 10, 1938, to Eva and Leo Kamrath of Menomonie.

She was the beloved wife of Noel; loving mother of Michael (Sara) Lehner and Steven (Julia) Lehner; and dear grandmother of Hannah, Matthew, Marisa and Gracie. Arlene is lovingly remembered by family, but also by her dear friends, Lonne, Cindi and Jim.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Eva Kamrath, and her husband, Noel C. Lehner.

Arlene was born and raised in Menomonie. She graduated from Menomonie High School in 1956. She married Noel C. Lehner on June 14, 1958, and they were blessed with two sons, Michael and Steven. While caring for her family, she received her bachelor’s degree in teaching from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1972. She taught students with special needs at Kettle Moraine High School for many years. According to Arlene, “My kids would answer the phone and say, ‘Mom, it’s one of your kids.’ Bless my children for their understanding.”

“I started with two boys but gained two wonderful and caring daughters, Sara and Julia who gave me my most precious gifts, my grandchildren.” Arlene loved to spend time with Hannah, Matthew, Marissa and Gracie; they brought smiles and joy to her life. She would say, “Their smiles are going to light up the world.” She was a caring and loving person and will be greatly missed by her family, and she touched many lives.

Arlene wrote this for us, “Even though I will not be here on this earth, I will always be with you in my heart and in the love a mother has for her children. Hold on to each other. Remember to share your thoughts and your dreams. A loving touch on the shoulder or the head as you pass by can say more than any words. Be a family. Share the special days with each other and share your lives and your children’s. Take care of each other and talk to each other – share. I love you my sons. Thank you for your help and to you my love, Sara and Julia. To my grandchildren, thank you for the smiles and happiness you brought to my life. I leave you a grandmother’s love, hugs and kisses.”

Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until the 6 p.m. memorial service Thursday, Dec. 16, at Yonke & Son Funeral Home, 205 Prospect Ave., Pewaukee.

Memorials in Arlene’s name to AngelsGrace Hospice would be greatly appreciated by the family.

Arlene always felt that “our kids are our greatest gift.”

The family is grateful to Dr. Christopher Hake and his staff and the many other doctors and caring nurses who tenderly cared for Arlene at Waukesha Memorial Hospital and AngelsGrace Hospice in Oconomowoc. We also wish to recognize the Jay Husting family, as they were invaluable to Arlene and Noel. Thank you.

Yonke & Son Funeral Home, 691-1900, is serving the family.