Arlene M. Kaehr

Arlene M. Kaehr, 94, residing in South Bend, passed away peacefully at her home Friday, Nov. 30, 2018.

She was born Oct. 23, 1924, in Cissna Park, Ill., to  Jacob and Lydia Ramsyer Rinkenberger.

On June 7, 1952, in Waukegan, Ill., Arlene and Robert J. Kaehr were united in marriage. Together, they enjoyed 62 years of marriage until his passing June 5, 2014. Arlene lived in the South Bend area since 1957, coming from Madison, Wisc.

Arlene is survived by her two children, J. Christian (Alberta) Kaehr, and Martha Kaehr, both of South Bend. Also surviving are three grandchildren, John (Melissa) Kaehr of Mishawaka, Amy (Daniel) Kassner of South Bend, and Eric (Julia) Kaehr of Nashville, Tenn.; and four great-grandchildren that she dearly loved. She is also survived by a sister, Marjorie Alt of Cissna Park, Ill.

Besides her parents, and her husband Robert, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Fannie Wiegand and Ellen Hofbauer and Marie Hohulin; and three brothers, Joseph, William and Charles Rinkenberger.

Arlene attended Business College, working at Standard Oil in Peoria, Ill., before marrying. She retired as business office manager at the former Calvary Temple Church, now Southgate, and continued working with her spouse as president of Roene Ltd until she was in her mid 80s. Numbers and keeping accurate financial records were her gift. She loved the Lord for decades, giving of her talents to the Body of Christ. Her smile, laughter, and joy were infectious and famous. She will be missed and remembered by many.

Visitation was Monday, Dec. 3, at the Palmer Funeral Home-Guisinger Chapel, 3718 S. Michigan St., South Bend. A joyous funeral service was held Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Apostolic Christian Church, 15961 Madison Road at 331, Mishawaka, with Robert Beebe officiating. Graveside services and burial followed at Bremen Cemetery, Bremen.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, please make contributions in memory of Arlene to the Apostolic Christian Harvest Call-Hospital Lumiere helping Haitians in need, 711 Elm Drive, Bluffton, IN 46714, or to the Center for Hospice Care, Hospice Foundation, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN 46545, or online at to help continue the excellent care for those who face end of life.

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