Arlene Ann (Boerner) Russell, age 83, of Cokato, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, at the Cokato Manor.
She was born June 5, 1933, in Litchfield, to William and Mary Magdalyn (Turck) Boerner. Arlene was baptized and confirmed at St. Phillips Catholic Church of Litchfield.
She graduated from Litchfield High School in 1951
Arlene married Ralph Russell in 1953. The couple lived in Dassel for two and a half years before moving to the Russell family farm east of Dassel, where they were blessed with six children: Jerome (Jerry), John, Joel, Mary, James (Jim), and Jeffery (Jeff).
Arlene was employed for nearly 30 years at the Cokato Manor as a CNA and rehab aid, and at Lakeview Ranch by Darwin.
She was an active and dedicated member of St. John’s Catholic Church of Darwin, where she taught catechism, did jail ministry, and brought the Holy Eucharist to, and visited with the homebound. She also did scripture meditation at various places and taught religious instruction.
The Russells were pleased to provide the land for the St. John’s Educational Center.
In 2009, Arlene and Ralph left the farm and moved into a townhouse in Dassel.
Arlene was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Fred (Helen), Clifford (Shirley), Orville (Delores), and James Boerner; brother-in-law Bill Necklen; sisters Lucille (Jed), and Adeline (Orville); and grandson Jesse.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Ralph; and their children: Jerome (Liz) of Duluth, John (Jenny), Joel, all of Cokato, Mary (Kelly) Sinclair of Monticello, James, and Jeffrey, also of Cokato; grandchildren Michael Russell of Big Lake, Jonathan (Cheryl) Russell of Marietta, GA, Sarah (Peter) Wlosinski of Duluth, Jordon Russell of Hutchinson, Andrew Swan, Alex, and Logan Sinclair of Monticello, Brandon (Carman) Russell of Buffalo, Scott (Liz) Russell of Howard Lake, Ashley Russell and fiancé Austin Peterson of South Haven, Daniel of Cokato, and Zack, Tyler, and Tara Russell of Hutchinson; great-grandchildren Elizabeth, Caleb, Nolan, Brielle, Avery, Raylan, Whitley, Harper, Arianna, and Jameson; and special granddog, Jaxon.
Arlene is further survived by her brothers and sisters, Isabelle Kolarchik, Vernon Boerner, both of Butte, MT, Louise Necklen of Monticello, Jerry (Millie) Boerner of Burnsville, Willard (Geri) Boerner of Minnetonka, and Brother Peter Claver, OFM of Manitowoc, WI; sister-in-law Joan Boerner of Minneapolis; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Saturday, Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. at Saint John’s Catholic Church in Darwin.
There was visitation Friday, Feb. 24 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato; and continuing Saturday for one hour prior to the Mass, at the church.
Arrangements were with the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.