Obituary – Rudy Arens

HARTINGTON — Rudolph F. “Rudy” Arens, 89, Hartington, died Feb. 1, 2008, at the Golden Living Center, Hartington.
Visitation, with a rosary and a vigil service, were held at the Wintz Funeral Home, Hartington, and continued one hour prior to services on Tuesday at the church.
Mass of Christian Burial was Feb. 5 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Hartington, with the Rev. John Pietramale officiating.
Burial was at St. Michael’s Cemetery,Hartington.
Pallbearers were Larry Guenther, Steve Obr, Raymond Lenzen, James Arens, Thomas Arens and Lenard Arens.


Rudy was born April 13, 1918, at Bow Valley, to Louis and Rosa (Sudbeck) Arens. He grew up in the Bow Valley area and attended Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School, Bow Valley. Rudy married Henrietta A. Brand June 1, 1948, at St. Helena. He lived all of his life in the Bow Valley and Hartington area where he worked on the farm and sheared sheep. He also worked on the Green Thumb Program in Felber Park, Hartington. Rudy had been a resident of the Golden Living Center, Hartington, since Nov. 15, 1997.
He was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church and enjoyed watching TV, listening to music, reading and visiting with his family and friends.
Rudy is survived by three brothers and their wives; Ralph and Shirley Arens, Hartington; Ben and Theresa Arens, Yankton, S.D.; and Louis Arens, Bow Valley; a sister, Angeline Guenther, Yankton, S.D.; three sisters-in-law; Betty Arens, Kansas City, Mo.; Jean Mueller, Yankton, S.D.; and Elizabeth Brand, St. Helena; a brother-in-law; John Brand, St. Helena; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Henrietta, April 22, 1983, at the age of 58; four brothers, Victor, Edmund, Hugo, and infant, Anthony Arens; and four sisters, Mary Ann Lenzen, and infants Rosina, Rita and Ruth Arens.