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Arlo Paetznick, 92

Arlo Paetznick of Middle River, MN, passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2015 at the Lifecare Greenbush Manor in Greenbush, MN, at the age of 92.


Funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at First Lutheran Church, Middle River, MN, with Rev. Mark Matthews officiating.  Interment will follow at the German Evangelical Cemetery, Middle River, MN.


Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM with a 7:00 PM Prayer Service on Monday, January 4, 2016 at Johnson Funeral Service, Thief River Falls, MN.  Visitation will also take place one hour prior to the funeral service on Tuesday at the church.


Arlouene (Arlo) Gladys Chappell Paetznick was born on August 9, 1923 in Dallas, SD, the daughter of William and Gula (Wiltbank) Chappell.  As a child, she was baptized in the Methodist faith.  She was confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Middle River, MN.  Arlo attended school in Dallas and Gregory, SD before moving to Newfolden with her parents in 1940.  She graduated from Newfolden High School in 1943.


On November 10, 1946 Arlo was united in marriage to Lyle Paetznick at her parent’s farm in rural Newfolden.  In 1951 Lyle and Arlo moved to the Middle River community.  Together the couple operated their family farm where they raised grain and cattle.  Arlo was a proud farm wife, grandmother, and homemaker.    Arlo had a special job – providing daycare for her grandchildren Missy, Jes, and Richard.  She was affectionately called “The Grandma Taxi,” making sure they got to all their activities.


Upon Lyle’s death in 2007 Arlo moved to the Royal Manor in Middle River.  She moved to the Lifecare Greenbush Manor on November 3rd, 2011.  While there she enjoyed listening to music and playing bingo. 


Arlo’s favorite pastimes included sewing, quilting, crocheting, knitting, gardening, canning, watching game shows on TV, playing cards, games and puzzles, and baking – especially bread, buns, doughnuts, and pies.  For many years Arlo and Lyle’s farm was home to several deer hunting parties, in which Arlo enjoyed hosting “Pie Night” where everyone would gather and visit.  While their hunting trips continued at the farm, they made a special effort to visit Arlo in Greenbush.


Arlo was a member of First Lutheran Church in Middle River where she was involved with ladies aid, quilting, and attending Bible study.  She was also a member of the Middle River Senior Citizens.


Arlo is survived by her children:  Gula Stromgren of Strandquist, MN, Catherine (Victor) Kaml of Greenbush, MN, and Lyla (Miles) Smith of Middle River, MN; grandchildren:  Colleen Kukowski, Mary (Dana) Olson, Scott Kaml, Victor L. Kaml, Melissa (Greg) Hall, and Jessica (Patrick) Van Zandt; great-grandchildren:  Jazemen, Christina, Savanah, and Johnathon Kukowski, Brady Olson, and Hudson and Jake Hall; sisters-in-law:  Gladys Paetznick and Barb Chappell; several nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.


She is preceded in death by her husband, Lyle in 2007; her parents; grandson, Richard Smith; son-in-law, Reuben Stromgren; two sisters and one brother.

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