Arlene (Montbriand) Sturtz

July 14, 1931 – Jan. 3, 2011

Arlene (Montbriand) Sturtz, born July 14, 1931, in Red Wing, Minn., died Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Arlene was the wife of Donald Sturtz of Scottsdale; daughter of the late Leonard and the late Genevieve (Jane Brown) Pechacek of Hager City; sister of the late Patricia (the late Alvin) Johnson; mother of the late Thomas, Celeste (Nate) Leider of Fremont, Patty (Mike Clayton) of Pasadena, Calif., and Annie (Bret) Roloff of New London; grandmother of Angela (Sean) Hayes, Alexandria and Curtis Leider and Nichole and Celeste Roloff; great-grandmother of Logan Hayes; stepmother of Mary Kay and Don Sturtz, both of Boone, Iowa; and step grandmother of Tanya and her daughter Jayden. She is further survived by her nephews, Michael (Rhonda) Johnson and Brian (Tammy) Johnson of Hager City.

She was previously married to the late Benedict "Ben" Montbriand.

Arlene spent her childhood in Hager City, nestled in the valley between the Mississippi River and the beautiful bluffs. She was a graduate of Red Wing High School, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with an undergraduate degree in education, and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a master’s of education. Arlene raised her family on North West Barstow Street in Waukesha and was employed by the Waukesha public school system as an educator. She created a work-study program for her students at Waukesha South High School to ensure they had secure employment after graduation from high school. She also was on the board of the Waukesha Training Center. A celebration of her life was held in Scottsdale. Arlene was a lady of grace and good taste and will be missed by all who knew her.