Services for Arlene Jean Barrett, 93, of Lost Springs, formerly of Herington, who danced through heaven’s gates on Sept. 19 at Herington Municipal Hospital, were Sept. 25 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Herington.
Arlene was born June 3, 1928, in Latimer to William Frank Ohm and Martha Emma Johanna Pegorsch. She attended Lutheran Parochial School then the school in Latimer. Before marriage, she cleaned houses and apartments and worked at Herington Army Air Field. After marriage, she worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for her and her husband’s business, Barrett Plumbing.
On July 24, 1948, she married the love of her life, Lloyd Barrett, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Herington. They spent 49 wonderful years together before his passing in 1997. To this marriage was born a daughter, Marsha, with whom Arlene lived in Lost Springs the last 13 months of her life.
Arlene, lovingly known to family as “Madam Queen”, was an active member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. She loved to garden and play checkers, dominoes, and cards. She also loved to embroider, dance, and sing silly songs. Arlene’s favorite meal was fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy, but her signature meal was chicken noodle soup, deviled eggs, and peanut butter cookies.
She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother, who loved spending time with her family.
Arlene is survived by her daughter, Marsha Pagenkopf (and husband Mark) of Lost Springs; grandchildren Holly Stenfors of Ormond Beach, Florida; Kelly (and wife Leanne) Wonser of Goessel; Mark (and wife Julie) Pagenkopf II of Lincolnville; great-grandchildren Amanda (and husband Michael) Patterson of Herington; Hannah (and husband Matthew) Calisi of Daytona Beach, Florida; Logan, Adam, and Dawson Wonser of Goessel; Marlie Pagenkopf and Weston Pagenkopf of Lincolnville; and great great-grandchildren Sadie Patterson of Herington and Sage and Hazel Calisi of Daytona Beach, Florida. She also os survived by her brother, Robert Ohm (and wife Fran) of Wichita.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Billy Ohm, and loving husband Lloyd. Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, Herington Chapel is serving the family.
Memorial contributions in Arlene’s name can be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church at 802 E Trapp St., Herington 67449 or in care of Yazel-Megli Funeral Home at 404 S Broadway, Herington KS 67449.