Arlene F. Brecht, 96, died Friday, July 19, 2013, at the Vinton Lutheran Home.
Mass of Christian Burial was held July 24 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Vinton, with Father Ardel Barta as celebrant. Interment was at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Norway.
Arlene Frances Brecht was born Oct. 5, 1916, near Shellsburg, to William and Amelia Weichman Brecht. She grew up in Shellsburg and graduated from Shellsburg High School in 1934. Arlene worked a variety of jobs throughout her life, most notably as a cashier at Bishops Cafeteria in Cedar Rapids and later at Ward’s Bakery and Ben Franklin in Vinton.
She became a faithful volunteer at the Vinton Lutheran Home, where her mother spent the last years of her life.
She was a longtime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Vinton and a member of the Newhall Legion Auxiliary for more than 50 years.
She is survived by her sister-in-law, Marian Brecht, Newhall; nieces and nephews, Mary (Gene) Akers, Iowa Falls, Pat (Bob) Temple, Summerville, S.C., Bill (Rhonda) Appelgate, Nevada, Jim (Rachelle) Brecht, Lisbon, Bill (Teri) Brecht, St. Charles, Mo., Larry Brecht, Solon, and Jerry Brecht, Cedar Rapids; 13 great-nephews and great-nieces; six great-great-nephews and great-great-nieces; and numerous cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister Ruth Appelgate; and her brother, Rolland Brecht.
Memorials may be directed to St. Mary’s Catholic Church and/or the Vinton Lutheran Home.
Condolences may be left at www.vsrfh.com .