Arlene Edwards

Arlene (Johnson-Raveling) Edwards, 95, of Storm Lake, and formerly of Rembrandt and Sioux Rapids, died Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 2 p.m. at Sliefert Funeral Home in Storm Lake. Burial will be in Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Sliefert Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements. 

Arlene Katherine Van Vleet was born March 13, 1921 in Sac City, the daughter of Percy and Clara Van Vleet of Early. She grew up in Early and graduated from Early (Crestland) High School and then attended Wayne State Teachers College where she received her teaching certificate. She received her bachelor’s degree from Buena Vista University. Arlene taught school in Rolfe, Storm Lake and retired from the Rembrandt Consolidated School district where she taught 4th and 5th grades for 26 years.

On June 6, 1948, she was united in marriage to Ralph Johnson of Storm Lake. They farmed until Ralph’s retirement and then moved to Rembrandt. They were blessed with a son, Jon Johnson and a daughter, Coleen Garberding. Ralph passed away Dec. 30, 1980.

On June 1, 1984 she was married to Raymond Raveling of Sioux Rapids,  where they resided until Raymond’s death on Jan. 8, 2002. They enjoyed travelling throughout the United States visiting relatives and making new friends. Arlene was active in Rembrandt Methodist Church and First United Church in Sioux Rapids. Arlene continued to live in Sioux Rapids until her marriage to Kenneth Edwards of Storm Lake on Sept. 6, 2008. They wintered in Apache Junction, Ariz. for several years. They attended Alta United Methodist Church.

Arlene enjoyed playing cards, exercising, watching sports, fishing and spending time with her family and friends. She was most recently a resident of Methodist Manor, along with her husband, Kenneth.

Surviving are her husband, Kenneth of Storm Lake; son, Jon (Janet) Johnson of Petersburg, Minn.; daughter, Coleen Garberding of Sun City, Ariz.; stepchildren: Bradford (Sondi) Raveling of Storm Lake; Bruce (Diane) Edwards of Storm Lake; Joan (Ed) Downey of West Des Moines; Carol (Doug) Lee of Knoxville, Tenn.; five grandchildren: Terry (Gailynn) Garberding of Phoenix, Ariz.; Jeffrey (Andrea) Garberding of Parker, Colo.; Jenny (Neil) Downey of Sioux Falls, S.D.; Jason Johnson of Cottonwood, Minn.; Jasmond (Taia) Johnson of Salem, S.D. Also surviving are 17 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and friends.

Arlene was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, two brothers, a nephew and a step-grandson.