Obituary – Arthella Marie “Tilly” Arens

HARTINGTON — Arthella Marie “Tilly” Arens, 79, Hartington, died Feb. 6, 2017 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, S.D.
Visitation and a Vigil service were Feb. 10 at Holy Family (Sacred Heart) Catholic Church, Wynot, and continued Saturday one hour prior to services at the church.
Mass of Christian Burial was Feb. 11 at Holy Family (Sacred Heart) Catholic Church, with the Rev. Eric Olson officiating.
Burial of her cremated remains will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Wynot.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home, Hartington.
Arthella Marie Arens was born July 30, 1937, in Guthrie Center, Iowa, to Harmon and Agnes (Christensen) Ohm. She grew up in Iowa and graduated from Bayard High School. While in school, Tilly liked to roller skate and play basketball. After high school, Tilly went to Omaha and worked for several doctors as a receptionist. She met Arlo Peter Arens and they were married April 27, 1957, Bayard, Iowa. They farmed on the Arens home farm southeast of Wynot.  She and Arlo raised three children, Austin, Alan and Angela. Tilly worked as the Future Promise Center’s coordinator for over 20 years where she worked with many children. Later, Tilly served as a Cedar County Commissioner for two terms.
Tilly was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church. She loved playing cards and bowling.
Tilly is survived by her daughter, Angela Arens, Hartington; two grandchildren Michael and Brandi Arens, Grand Island; seven great-grandchildren; and sister, Karen Applewhite.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arlo, July 20, 2013, at the age of 73; and two sons, Austin and Alan Arens.