Arleen L. Kriesmann

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February 20, 1930 - March 20, 2020
Born in St. Charles, MO
Resided in St. Peters, MO

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Arleen Lois, née Bull, Kriesmann was called HOME to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 20, 2020. She was reunited with her husband Henry “Hank” Kriesmann, her parents Emil and Alma, née Poese, Bull, her twin brother Arlo, and her other siblings: Robert Bull, Almarie Barklage, Donna Smalley, and Cleo Wolter; and her son-in-law Jeff Spalding.

Arleen was born with her twin brother Arlo on February 20, 1930, and she was baptized into the Lord’s family on March 2, 1930. She attended Immanuel Lutheran School St. Charles and was confirmed into the Lutheran faith on April 2, 1940. In her 8th grade year she joined with eleven of her girlfriends a “Birthday Club” that is still a bond today.

Arleen graduated from St. Charles High School in 1948. She was one of the first girls to play organized sports, and she showed quite a talent as an amateur artist.

Arleen married her best friend’s neighbor, Henry Kriesmann on September 24, 1949, at Immanuel Lutheran Church and transferred their faith membership to Trinity Lutheran Church, Orchard Farm, in 1967.

She became a stay-at-home wife and mother where they raised four children: Bill, Jo, Sharon, and Jan. They built a home together outside Portage des Sioux in 1968 where she resided for 43 years until she could no longer do so in 2011.

Arleen lost her husband Hank to his heavenly home in 2003.

No one could count the hours of time they spent working and playing with friends and family, church and community.

Arleen loved birds…she would always say, “Hear that wren?”

Arleen loved the Cardinals…those in flight and on the baseball diamond.

Arleen enjoyed her years of pinochle playing and bowling on Wednesday mornings.

Arleen loved her crossword puzzles and solitaire…you could always find her at the kitchen table, working one or the other.

Arleen was an excellent cook…no one ever learned her potato salad recipe.

And at the end, Arleen was a strong and content woman, just “making the best” of each day.

Arleen is survived by her children: William “Bill” (and Joan) Kriesmann, Jo Ann Spalding, Sharon (and Mike) Spoede, and Jan Kriesmann; by her grandchildren: Billy, Eric, Aaron, Christy, Jessica, Jamie, Jeffrey, Andrea, Kelli, Garrett, and Ryan; by her great-grandchildren: Henry, Kadin, Trinity, Piper, Zeke, Azalea, Adah, Cole, Hogan, Sydney, Olivia, Owen, Addison, Harper, Anderson, Brooks, Aria, and Declan; by her in-laws, David Wolter, Jean Mueller, and Marvin and Liz Kriesmann; and by many nieces and nephews.

It is with heavy hearts and tears in our eyes that we apologize to mom, her extended family, her friends, her church family, and her community that we are unable to give her the funeral she deserves. We know you are all thinking of us, praying for us, and wishing you could be with us.

We bid mom a final farewell as we did in the evenings when we would see her to bed at the nursing home…we would always start with the Lord’s Prayer of which she knew EVERY word until her final days.

“Our Father, who art in Heaven, Hallowed by Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the Kingdom and the Power and the GLORY forever and ever. Amen. Lord, thank you for giving Mom the strength for another day. Watch over her and her roommate tonight that they get Rest. Watch over the workers here that they do their jobs and take care of these people. And, Lord, please watch over the both of us until we see each other gain. AAAA-MEN! I love you forever and always.” And she would reply, “me, too.”

Memorial contributions in Arleen’s name may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church General Fund, or to the American Diabetes Association.

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 all visitations and services will be limited to immediate family. Thank you for your understanding.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Donna Malkmus March 21, 2020 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    Sharon so very sorry for your loss. May you find peace knowing she is with Christ our savior.

  2. Sheri Menscher March 21, 2020 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    My prayers go to all of you for comfort during this time. I rejoice with you that Arleen is with her Savior and in his loving embrace. I enjoyed getting to know Arlene and her daughters while my brother, Brian, also resided at McClay Senior. May you feel God’s love and may time lessen your loss. Sheri Menscher

    • Sarah Groh March 21, 2020 at 2:02 pm - Reply

      Condolences to the Kriesmann family. Love to you all.

  3. Kristy Keck March 21, 2020 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    So sorry Uncle Bill & Aunt Joan, Billy, Eric & Aaron and families. Prayers, love, and lots of hugs sent everyone’s way! ❤️🙏🏼

  4. Bill Nolle March 21, 2020 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    Sorry for your loss. Your mom was a hoot. I got a lot of enjoyment from her. Her faith was strong.

  5. Kelly Willbrand March 21, 2020 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    To the Kriesmann family…we are so very sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you.

  6. Jeanne Dunkmann March 21, 2020 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    We are so sorry to hear about Arleen’s death but know she will be so happy to be united with her husband Hank again. Our prayers go out to the family and understand your decision to just have family for the services-but you know the church would have been packed to show our respect and love for your Mother.
    Denny and Jeanne Dunkmann

  7. Kelly Helmick March 21, 2020 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    Prayers for you and your family during this difficult time!

    • Mary Ann Dames March 23, 2020 at 4:32 pm - Reply

      Sympathy to all of the kriesmann family. Arlene loved her faith. She is finally home in heaven with Hank and other family members. May she rest in peace.

  8. Eugene and Janet Beckham March 21, 2020 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    candle 8With a heavy heart, I am sorry to hear that Arleen has passed away but I know she is with Hank now. Our prayers are with all the Kriesmann family. She was a very special lady and her and I had a lot of fun times bowling.

    Gene and Jan Beckham

  9. Sara Higgins March 21, 2020 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    What a loving tribute to Aunt Arleen. I know this is a difficult time for you all, in so many ways, but know that we would give a big hug to everyone if we could. Aunt Arleen had such a strong faith, and sense of fun, and influenced us all. She will be missed!

  10. Cathy Sweany March 21, 2020 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    Jan, I am so sorry but I’m glad your mom is finally at peace. Thank you for being so kind to my mom all these years.

  11. Pam Selby March 21, 2020 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    candle 1So sorry for the families loss, Arleen was a wonderful person. I remember before she went into the home, I would hold the Hymnal for her, she would say it was too heavy! Rest in Peace Arleen, you were loved by many. My thoughts and prayers for the family.

  12. Jim & Elaine Bethmann March 21, 2020 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    Our deepest sympathies to you on the loss of your dear mother.

  13. Janet Stiegemeier March 21, 2020 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    candle 7My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Please know that we are all standing with you, even though we can not physically be there.

  14. Janet Peterson March 21, 2020 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear of your loss! Hank and Arleen were always so supportive of us as we served at Trinity. Looking forward to seeing them again at the throne of our Savior!
    Pastor Ivan and Janet Peterson

  15. Betty & Steve Bealler March 21, 2020 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    We are so sorry to learn of Arleen’s passing. She is now at peace catching up with Hank and rest of her family and friends. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  16. Wiesehan Family March 22, 2020 at 9:50 am - Reply

    candle 4I’m so sorry you’ve lost someone that you and your family loved so much. Your stories of your Mother make it clear she was a warm and welcoming person with a big personality and loved so much. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sorrowful time may the Lord’s Peace be with all of you.

  17. Wiesehan Family March 22, 2020 at 9:59 am - Reply

    candle 4We are so sorry that you and your family lost someone you loved so. much. Your stories of your Mother make it clear she was a warm and welcoming person full of personality and loved so much. Our thought and prayers are with you and your family at this sorrowful time may the Peace of the Lord be with you.

    • David Sczepanski March 22, 2020 at 3:09 pm - Reply

      candle 8Sorry for your loss. She’ll be missed.

  18. Rachel Huster March 22, 2020 at 11:17 am - Reply

    candle 2I am so sorry to your family at this time. She was a wonderful person and always so welcoming. You are all in my prayers and thoughts.

  19. Diane Price March 22, 2020 at 11:32 am - Reply

    candle 1So sorry for your loss, as Arleen left this world in the struggling times as it is. She will be greeted in heaven…even if she didn’t get the funeral that she deserved. May the entire family find peace during this heart breaking times.

  20. Jason Crowder March 22, 2020 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    Bill and the rest of the Kriesmanns, our prayers are with you and your family at this time.

  21. Denise Wuelling Park. March 22, 2020 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    To the kriesmann family so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family. 🙏🙏

  22. Michael Quigley March 22, 2020 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    candle 1That was a beautiful story. Prayer’s for your family as you grieve individually.

  23. Keith Eilers March 22, 2020 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    Sorry for your loss, you are in our prayers. She is now at rest and peace with Hank in heaven!

  24. Bill and Pam Zahner March 22, 2020 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    Dear Kriesmann Family, Bill and I are so sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of Arlene since I spent a lot of time at your house when I was growing up. I can honestly say I remember her playing cards at the table in the dining area. Arlene would just shake her head at Sharon and I and the crazy things we would do! Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. May you feel God’s loving arms wrapped around you.

  25. Ron and Janine Broyles March 22, 2020 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your lost. Your family is in our prayers.

  26. Cheryl Apenbrink March 22, 2020 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    I was so sorry to hear of Arleen’s passing. Jan, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I’m glad I got to know your mom and you while she resided at McClay Senior Care where my dad Bill resides. Arleen will be missed. May God comfort all of you during this time. Cheryl Apenbrink

  27. Dennis Riggs March 22, 2020 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers. Know she is in a better place.

  28. Faith Lucas March 22, 2020 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    Praying for God’s comfort to the entire Kriesmann family.

  29. Ginger Hallam March 23, 2020 at 9:25 am - Reply

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Mom always told me about her visits and how she would laugh at mom’s stories. Such a fun lady, she will truly be missed! What a wonderful healthy reunion in heaven she had! Prayers to you all.

    Ginger (Sullivan) Hallam

  30. Janet (Holtgrieve) Hallemeier March 23, 2020 at 10:00 am - Reply

    My sincere sympathy to all the family. Just know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Always enjoyed talking to Arleen, she was always happy and upbeat. My mom always used to comment on Arleen’s smile and once told her to “never lose that pretty smile”. I’m sure she’s smiling big right now having reached her heavenly goal. God Bless and keep you all.

  31. Brown Family March 23, 2020 at 10:21 am - Reply

    Jan and Sharon,
    We were sorry to stumble upon the news (on the Baue site) of your dear mother’s death. Please know that your family is in our prayers. This is a time as we have never known and we all miss one another’s company at McClay Senior Care! It was a pleasure getting to know your sweet mother and both of you as we visited Steve. It is clear that Arleen had a happy, Christ-centered life and family.
    The Brown Family (Jan, Kemlyn and Jodi)

  32. Karen Fuqua March 23, 2020 at 11:53 am - Reply

    Jan, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I just want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  33. Bill and Jo Ann Wehmeier March 23, 2020 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    Our sincere sympathy to the entire Kriesmann family. Arlene was a wonderful person and will be missed by many.

  34. Karen Bull March 24, 2020 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    I am so thankful that aunt Arleen is at home with the Lord! No more tears or heartaches. She can say today, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, awarded to me on that day…”

    Praying for all of you, His peace that surpasses all understanding, during this time. May you find His comfort, as you journey through your grief, as a family and individually. He will be faithful!

  35. Mandy (Causey) Gamache March 26, 2020 at 5:49 am - Reply

    My deepest sympathy to the Kriesmann family. You are all in my prayers.

  36. Mary Loeffler penrod April 1, 2020 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    Loretta Tipp Loeffler and family are sending prayers to you all during this.

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