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Arlene E. Njoes, 94

May 19, 2019

Arlene Njoes

(Formerly of Frost) Arlene Elizabeth Njoes passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on May 9, 2019 at Laurel’s Peak Nursing Home in Mankato.

Arlene was born on a farm in Rome Township, near Frost, on Nov. 19, 1924. She attended country school and graduated from Frost High School in 1939.

She married Burton Jerome Njoes at the Dell Parsonage in 1942. With Burton in the Navy, Arlene followed the love of her life to St. Paul and then to Washington, D.C. where they welcomed their first son, Jeffrey.

After returning to Minnesota and settling in Frost they raised Jeffrey, two more sons, Barry and Gregory, and two beautiful daughters, Mary and Betty.

Arlene and Burton later moved to Cross Lake, where they enjoyed socializing and hosting family and friends at their lake house. Keeping Cross Lake as a summer home, Burton and Arlene moved to Bloomington. Sadly, Burton passed away at the age of 72 and Arlene continued to live with strength and poise for the next 29 years.

Arlene was first a proud mother and homemaker. Her strength and independence, and her tremendous drive and character kept her working multiple jobs until her retirement at the young age of 89.

Up until her passing Arlene enjoyed living independently and socializing as well as attending the occasional rummage sale.

In addition to Burton, Arlene was also preceded in death by her grandparents, Soren and Christina (Pederson) Wester and David W. and Emma (Oelke) Fenske; her parents, Gust and Alma Fenske; her daughter, Mary; two sisters, Erma Dybevick (Everett) and Lila Lawrence (Virgil), and several other family members.

She is survived by her children, Jeff (Lee Ann), Barry (Lynn), Greg (HIlja) and Betty; eleven grandchildren, Kevin, Todd, Heidi, Jayme, Barry II, Jessica, John, Nathan, Matt, Jennifer and Michelle; along with 13 great-grandchildren, Dylan, Grace, Emma, Nevaeh, Rylan, Andrew, Ryan, Nathaniel, Nolan, Raygen, Madison, Emma and Soren.

A Celebration of her life will be held June 30 in Mankato, details to follow.