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Arlene Van Hauen

June 26, 1934 — October 17, 2018

Arlene Joan Van Hauen, 84, of Grundy Center, IA, passed away on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at Arlington Place in Grundy Center. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at the Engelkes-Abels Funeral Home in Grundy Center. Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, October 22, 2018 at the funeral Home. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Grundy Center. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Arlene was born on June 26, 1934 in Colfax Township, Iowa, to her parents Henry and Trena (Meester) Van Hauen. Arlene was raised in Wellsburg, Iowa but was educated in Dike, Iowa, and graduated from the Dike High School in the class of 1952. Arlene worked as a grocery store clerk at a number of stores in Grundy Center that included: Mamminga Food Market, Hooks Royal Blue Grocery Store and Manly Drug Store, from which she retired on March 11, 2013.

She was a life-long member of the Pleasant Valley Reformed Church in rural Holland; there she served the church as a Sunday school teacher for over 30 years, a member of the ladies’ guilds, and a choir member. She was an active member of the GNB Bank’s Travel Club and enjoyed her trips with her friends and neighbors. Arlene loved music, especially gospel music and hymns.  Her faith was very important to her and she loved to read her bible. Arlene’s true joy in life came from spending time with her family and friends, especially the friends she made at Arlington Place over the last four years.

Arlene is survived by her sister Beverly (Paul) Meyer of Thorton, Co; brother Leland (Pat) Van Hauen of Parkersburg, IA; nephews Terry (Trish) Freese of Dubuque, IA & Steve (Sheila) Freese of Grundy Center, IA; great-nephews Evan (Emily) Freese, Bryan Freese & Erik (Kaitlynn) Freese; great-great nieces and nephews Savanna, Kaylor, Bentley, Axel & Dylan and brother-in-law Charles Freese. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister Iva Dean Freese; brother Edward Lee Van Hauen in infancy; great-niece Sara Freese-Flynn and great-nephew Dean Allan Freese.

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