Arlene Cuklanz-Kussman, 88, passed away Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the Clarkfield Care Center in Clarkfield.
Funeral services were held Wed., Oct. 23 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Terril, Iowa.
Arlene Ethyl (Roy) Cuklanz-Kussman, the daughter of Calvin and Edna (Willard) Roy, was born July 3, 1925, in Jeffers. Arlene grew up in Jeffers and graduated from the Jeffers school system in 1942. She married Marvin Cuklanz on Christmas Day, 1943. They had two sons and two daughters. The couple lived and worked on a farm just southwest of Terril, Iowa for 16 years. Then they brought a business and moved into town until 1967. Marvin took a job as a federal meat inspector, which moved them to Sioux City, Iowa. Arlene worked at the Aalf’s Clothing Factory for several years while in Sioux City. They later moved to Estherville, Iowa, to be closer to their roots in Terril. Marvin passed away in 1990. On July 31, 1994, she married Howard Kussman and they remained in Estherville until the fall of 2010. In 2010, they moved to Granite Falls, where later she would be moved into the Clarkfield Care Center for her remaining years.
Arlene was active in all the Lutheran churches she was a member of over the years. She enjoyed cross-stitch and plastic canvas work. She loved having her family get together and they couldn’t leave until they were filled to the brim.
Arlene is survived by her husband, Howard; two sons, Larry and wife, Nancy, of Granite Falls; Richard and wife, Cindy, of Leonard-town, Maryland; one daughter, Colleen Skuya and her husband, Richard, of Sioux City; one son-in-law, Richard Taylor and his wife, Judy of Milford, Iowa; two stepsons; Rick Kussman and his wife, Deb, of Scottsdale, Arizona; Jeff Kussmam and his wife Jennifer, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; two stepdaughters: Brenda Pladson from Waradale, Australia; Stacey Kirschenman and her husband, Lonnie, of Irene, South Dakota; two sisters: Marlys Sorenson and Lavonne Nimefro; two brothers; Gordon and Gary Roy; 27 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin; one daughter: Carol Taylor; three brothers: Walter, Robert and Dale; and three sisters: Margaret, Marion and Deloris.
Arrangements were with Henry-Olson Funeral Homes and Crematory.