Arlene V. Somsen, age 86 of Baldwin WI, died on Monday, January 23, 2012 at the Baldwin Care Center. Arlene was born September 24, 1925 in Baldwin Township to parents Paul Albert Gus and Lenora “Nora” (nee Eitland) Zillmer. Arlene attended school in Baldwin, and graduated from Baldwin High School. On December 10, 1947 in Stillwater MN, Arlene would be united in marriage to LeRoy Edward Somsen. Their union in marriage would be blessed with three children, Connie Rae, Scott, and Jeffrey. Her husband Roy, and her daughter Connie Rae would preceded her in death.
Though she waitressed some, Arlene cared for her family as a homemaker. The family lived in many different cities due to being transferred with Roy’s job as an over-the-road trucker. Arlene loved to read novels and history, as well as play cards, and travel to warmer climates. She also enjoyed time spent at the lake cabin at Lac Coutre Oreilles Lake near Hayward.
Arlene is survived by her sons, Scott (Deb) Somsen of Spooner, and Jeffrey (Kris) Somsen of Hayward; grandchildren, Sean (Melissa), Sarah, Cameron, and Caroline; great-granddaughter, Elizabeth; siblings, Ron (Marilyn) Zillmer of Wilson, Lennie (Rochelle) Zillmer of Baldwin, and Doris (Allen) Moe of Oakdale MN; brother-in-law, Don (Irene) Somsen of Baldwin, WI, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Arlene is preceded in death by her husband, LeRoy; her daughter, Connie Rae; and sisters Lucille Preble, and Bernice Achterhof.
Funeral services for Arlene Somsen will be held at 11:00AM on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 1350 Florence Street in Baldwin, with Pastor Lowell Bolstad officiating. Burial will follow at the Baldwin Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church. Services have been entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin WI. 715-684-3434