Funeral Mass celebrated for Arlene M. Jermeland


Funeral Mass celebrated for Arlene M. Jermeland

Mason City – Arlene M. Jermeland, 73, passed away Thursday, August 1, 2013 at the Mercy Hospice Care Unit in Iowa City, Iowa after a year and half long battle with her illness.

A funeral Mass for Arlene was held 10:30am, Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 305 Elm Street East, Rockwell with the Reverend Rodney Allers officiating.  Burial followed in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Rockwell.

A visitation with a public viewing was held from 4 to 7pm, Monday, August 5, 2013 at Hogan Bremer Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 3rd St. NE, Mason City where a scriptural wake service was held at 4:00pm. The reciting of the rosary was held at the conclusion of the visitation.  

Visitation continued one hour prior to the funeral Mass at the Sacred Heart Chapel on Tuesday in Rockwell.

Should friends desire, memorials may be made to Iowa City Hospice, 1025 Wade Street, Iowa City, Iowa 52240 for their superior care of Arlene.

Arlene Marie Jermeland (Holder) was born on August 23rd, 1939, to Irvin and Lucille Holder in Fort Atkinson, Iowa.  She attended school in West Union, Iowa and graduated in 1958.  Arlene was united in marriage on June 11, 1966 to John Jermeland at Holy Name Church in West Union, Iowa.  For the first few years of their marriage they lived on her parent’s farm east of Hawkeye until they moved to a farm outside of Mason City in 1974.  There she was a homemaker and raised her four children Allen, Julie, Steven, and Pamela while John farmed.  They moved into town in 1982 where she began working at Fareway Grocery store until her retirement 27 years later at the age of 72.

Arlene was a dedicated loving caring mother and grandmother, but one of her most outstanding qualities was her unwavering work ethic as she was always busy working around the house, taking care of the people around her, and working side jobs whenever possible.  She had extreme loyalty to her family when they needed her—traveling to care for and spend time with her grandchildren.  She was loved by many in the community, demonstrated by the many friends and repeat customers that would only go through her grocery line, even if they had to wait.

Arlene was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rockwell, Iowa where she was actively involved in church activities and taught Catechism classes for many years.  She enjoyed gardening, going to church, and most of all spending time with her family and grandchildren.  

She is survived by her two sons Allen (Bridget) Jermeland of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and Steven (Tori) Jermeland of Waterloo, Iowa; two daughters Julie (Todd Rutledge) Jermeland of Blacksburg, Virginia, and Pamela (Shane) Peden of North Liberty, Iowa; three sisters Darlene (David) Tope of Ames, Iowa, Diane Brink of Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Linda (Roger) Yauslin of West Union, Iowa; one brother Irvin (Connie) Holder of Hawkeye, Iowa; two brothers-in-law Art Cox of West Union, Iowa, and Don Austin of Mason City, Iowa; three sisters-in-law LaVonne (Kendall) Benzing of Monona, Iowa, Elaine Jermeland of West Union, Iowa and Vi Jermeland of Mason City, Iowa; 8 grandchildren Zachary and Jacob Jermeland, Ronald, Kayden, and Tessa Arlene Jermeland, Bryston, Brecken, and Cole Peden; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband John Jermeland, parents Irvin and Lucille Holder, mother-in-law and father-in-law Theodore and Lena Jermeland; sister Norma Cox and two infant siblings; and many brothers and sisters-in-law.

Hogan Bremer Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 3rd Street Northeast, Mason City, 641-423-2372,

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