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Arlene Guerdet

By Staff | Jun 25, 2010

ESTHERVILLE – Funeral services for Arlene Guerdet, 81, of Sioux City, formerly of Estherville, will be held 11 a.m., Monday, June 28, at the Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville with Father Jerry Cosgrove officiating. Interment will be at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Estherville. She died Thursday, June 24 at Holy Spirit Retirement Home in Sioux City.

Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral chapel.

Arlene was born on Aug. 16, 1928, in Dolliver, to Percy and Myrtie (Morrill) Whitehill. She grew up on a farm north of Estherville with her two sisters, graduated from Emmet Consolidated School and attended Iowa Lakes Community College.

Arlene married Owen Guerdet on Oct. 9, 1954, at St. Patrick Catholic Church. They lived and worked in Estherville where they raised two sons, Randy and Greg. In addition to being a wife and mother, she was employed as a bookkeeper at Woodley’s Hatchery, L.M. Christensen’s Clothiers, and Anthony’s Clothing store before her retirement. She will be remembered as a person who was soft-spoken and had a gentle spirit; selflessly dedicated herself to her family; was from a generation that understood hard work as a way of life; was an excellent cook who served many festive meals at family gatherings; celebrated the holidays by generously sharing her baked Christmas candy, cookies and other goodies; was an immaculate housekeeper, enjoyed cross-stitching in her free-time, nurtured a colorful flower garden for many years, and enjoyed caring for the family cats.

Arlene is survived by her two sons, Randy Guerdet, Sioux City and Greg Guerdet, Alexandria, La.; one sister, Mae Goede and her husband, Bill, of Cold Spring, Minn.; three grandchildren: Bridgette Hayes and her husband, Eric of Chicago, Ill.; Nathan Guerdet and his wife, Keri of Ankeny; and Rachel Guerdet of Concord, N.H.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Owen in 2004; her parents, Percy and Myrtie Whitehill; and a sister, Alice Abel.

Online condolences may be made at www.henryolsonfuneral.com.