Arlene R. Fenske
Arlene R. Fenske, recently of Kingman, Ariz., but born and raised in the Milwaukee area, died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at the Lingenfelter Center at the age of 87. Prior to her stay in Arizona, Arlene was a longtime resident of Houston, Texas, and her beloved Waukesha. Arlene will be deeply missed by her husband, Bob, of 65 years and her family: her children, Mary Hovatter of San Antonio, Texas, John (Susan) of Golden Valley, Ariz., and Ron Maron of Golden, Colo.; her grandchildren, Kimberly, Dana, Michelle and Nathan; and great-grandchildren, Kaitlin, Makenna and Lindsey. Arlene is also fondly remembered by her sisters- in-law, Mary Bechmann of Greendale and Fran Fenske of Neenah. Arlene also leaves behind her sisters, Ethel, Faye and Kathleen; brothers, Richard and Lester; and many caring and loving nieces, nephews and friends from all over the world.
Arlene loved all and let it show. In the 1960s, Arlene and Bob extended their family by taking in four of her nephews, making a family of 10. Because of Arlene and Bob’s love, all the kids had a better opportunity to build a life filled with loving kindness and generosity. Life was not always easy for Arlene, but her faith and devotion got her through the roughest of times. Arlene lost her own mother at a very early age. She emancipated herself in her teens. She lost many children and close loved ones.
Arlene was preceded in death by her sons Bobby, Jimmy and Gerard and her nephews Mark, Mike and Allen, along with her sister, Dolores, and her beloved niece Donna. We’ll miss her in so many ways. We’ll especially miss Mom’s sweet voice in church; to hear her was like hearing an angel sing.
The visitation for Arlene will be held Thursday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. until the time of the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 225 S. Hartwell Ave., Waukesha. The Rev. Howard Haase will officiate. The burial will immediately follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Waukesha.
Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For an online obituary or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com or call 542-6609.