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Arlene C. Syverson Nov. 6, 1935 - Dec. 3, 2012

Arlene C. Syverson Nov. 6, 1935 - Dec. 3, 2012

WILLMAR - Arlene C. Syverson, 77, of Willmar, died Monday, December 3, 2012, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar. Her funeral will be 10:30 am, Friday, December 7th, at Salem Covenant Church, rural Pennock. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm, Thursday at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar and continue one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arlene was born on November 6, 1935, the daughter of Kermit and Gladyce (Johnson) Holmgren in Mamre Township, Kandiyohi County, Minnesota. When she was three months old, the family moved into Pennock where she attended Pennock schools and graduated from Willmar High School in 1952. After graduating at the age of 16, Arlene was employed by the T.O. Gilbert and H. Gerald Floren Law Office where she learned to be a legal secretary.

On November 22, 1956, she was united in marriage to Orrian Syverson at Salem Covenant Church, rural Pennock. Following their marriage, they lived in Willmar and she worked as a legal secretary for many years. She also worked for several years for Willmar Municipal Utilities as a secretary. Arlene retired in 1998.

Her love of music was evident in all that she did from singing in church, teaching piano lessons, and belonging to several vocal groups. For over 30 years, she was the pianist for Salem Covenant Church as well as the Sunday school program. Arlene enjoyed her coffee group at Little Duke’s where stories were often told. For many years, Arlene swam at the Middle School and then the ladies would all meet for breakfast and she cherished this time as well. She was a gifted knitter, making afghans for friends and family and for several years she gave each graduating senior from Salem an afghan. Arlene was blessed to be a Foster Grandparent at the Willmar Public Schools, of which she cherished doing.

Surviving are her husband, Orrian; son, Kent Syverson of Willmar; daughter, Dawn (and David) Capp of Kansas City, MO; sister, Marian (and Stanley) Ecklund of Cupertino, CA; and two grandchildren, Hannah and Lydia Capp.

She was preceded in death by her parents and son, Kevin in 1963.