Helen “Arlene” Risler, age 87 of Alma, WI passed away peacefully on Monday, March 10, 2014 at Assisted Living of Durand. She was born on June 9, 1926 in Nelson, WI to Wallace and Karen (Lindstrom) Stewart. Arlene was united in marriage to Philip Risler at Lyster Lutheran Church in Nelson on August 25, 1950, and to this union they were blessed with two children, Carol and Kevin. Philip and Arlene were parishioners of the Modena Lutheran Church prior to moving from the farm to the town of Alma in 1986, and then became faithful members of St. John Lutheran Church in Alma. Arlene belonged to the W.E.L.C.A. and the church quilters group. She also dedicated time as well to the Buffalo County Food Pantry. Besides being a devoted homemaker she did work during the fall harvest at the Plainview Canning Factory.
Arlene’s favorite pass time was quilting, creating many treasured quilts for her family. She was also an avid gardener, canning her harvest of vegetables, fruit, and meat. Arlene was known as a sweet and giving lady. She had a smile that shined. Arlene was the true meaning of “grandma”, never missing one of her grandchild’s special events no matter how far she had to travel whether it was Wisconsin or Texas.
Arlene will be forever in the hearts of her daughter Carol (Alvin) Boberg of Lampasas, TX, her son Kevin (Debbie) Risler of Mondovi, WI, her grandchildren Wanda (Philip) Bunting, Wendy (Keith) Archer, Shelly (David) Akin, Sheila (Kevin) Martinez, Audrey (William) Boggs III, Carrie (Shawn) Williams, Rebecca Risler and Lee Bielefeld. Sister Christine (Darrell) Menting of Nelson. 21 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
Arlene was preceded in death by her husband Philip in 1999, her parents, her sister Anna Sobottka, and her brother Alton Stewart.
A visitation will be held at Talbot Family Funeral Home in Alma on Friday, March 14 at 5:00PM to 8:00PM. A funeral service will be held at St. John Lutheran Church in Alma on Saturday, March 15 at 11:00AM with an hour of visitation prior. Burial will follow at Lyster Lutheran Church Cemetery. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.talbotfuneralhomes.com.