THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Beverly J. Arneson
Issue Date: November 8, 2017
Beverly J. Arneson, 85, of Oconto Falls, passed away Wednesday morning, Nov. 1, 2017 after a 30 year battle with cancer, with family present at the home she shared with her sister Neva for 12 years.
Born Sept. 8, 1932 in the Town of Spruce to Lars and Angeline (Reed) Johnson, she grew up on the family farm in Spruce and graduated from Oconto Falls High School in 1949. After graduation, she attended Marinette County Normal Teachers College and earned a degree in elementary education.
On Jan. 27, 1951, she married Erling D. Arneson at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church in the Town of Maple Valley and they lived in southwestern Wisconsin before returning to Shawano, Gillett and the Oconto Falls area, living in the Town of Morgan for 23 years. The family has many memories of time spent at the family home on Shawano Lake over the years.
She taught in the area one room schools for seven years and later substituted in Oconto Falls Public Schools. She was a member of Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church in Maple Valley and the Oconto County Homemakers.
She is survived by five children, Tyrone (Donna) Arneson Sr., Cascade, Keith (Debbie) Arneson and Darryl (Katie) Arneson, both of Sheboygan, Steven (Patricia "Patty") Arneson, Newton and Lisa (Greg) Onesti, Shawano; a son-in-law, Mike Olsen, Shawano; 18 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Neva Hodge-Lemorande, Oconto Falls, Dora Slang, Suring and Laurel Herich, Lake Geneva; a brother, Virgil Johnson, N.D. and many nieces and nephews.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Erling in 2005; a son, Kim in 1990; a daughter, Debra Olsen in 2008; five brothers, Lars, Ronald, Kenneth, Clyde and Dale (Philipsen) Johnson and three sisters, Mae Olick, Audrey Kralovetz and Wilma Valenta.
Visitation was held at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in the Town of Maple Valley on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral service at noon. Pastor Bethany Rutten-Kempees officiated, followed by cremation with burial of the urn in the Town of Morgan Cemetery.