Arlene Boeding, 85

Arlene Boeding, age 85 of New Hampton, Iowa, died Friday, May 10, 2019, at New Hampton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Holy Family Parish in New Hampton with Rev. Brian Dellaert celebrating the Mass. 

Interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery with Chris Junko, Greg Junko, Dustin Boeding, Matt Sedivec, Mike Potts, Garrett Boeding, Brock Boeding, Drew Boeding, Ben Thiemann, Mitch Thiemann, and Nick Thiemannserving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Becca Kirk, Laura Junko, Michelle Stephens, Stephanie Sedivec, Kristin Shaver, Caroline Wald, Ashley Boeding, Cara Holub, Kiley Shekleton, Lindsey Thiemann, Jenna Fitzgerald, Megan Fitzgerald, Karly Fitzgerald, and Michaela Fitzgerald.

Friends may greet the family from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in New Hampton where there will be an 8:00 p.m. parish scripture service. Visitation continues an hour prior to the Mass on Thursday at the church.  Online condolences for Arlene's family may be left at

Arlene Theresa Boeding was born June 28, 1933, in New Hampton, Iowa, the daughter of Reynold and Adeline (Burgart) Ries. She attended country school, then went to high school in North Washington where she was a 1951 graduate. At a dance at the American Legion Hall in Lawler, Arlene met her future husband, Donald Boeding. On October 12, 1953, the couple was married at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in North Washington. To this union, four daughters and three sons were born.

Arlene and Don worked some years on a farm west of Lawler. In 1955, the couple bought their farm north of New Hampton. She also spent some time working at First National Bank in New Hampton. Arlene and Don retired from farming in 1999 and moved to town.

Arlene loved music, farm animals, especially her horse named Jim, gardening, sewing, cooking, baking, and coffee group with friends. She always looked forward to visits from her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She had fond memories of her family trips to Lake Osakis, Minnesota, where many games of Hand and Foot were played. Arlene and Don also loved to travel and made trips to Italy, New Zealand, Hawaii, New York, Holland, and Germany.

She was a member of the 2x4 Card Club and Buzzin’ Dozen Card Club where they played 500. Playing cards was a pastime that she passed down to her children and her grandchildren. As a member of Holy Family Parish, Arlene served on the Parish Council, Rosary Society, and was a Eucharistic Minister. She was also a proud member of the League of Women Voters.

Arlene is survived by her children, Patricia (Tom) Junko of Lawler, Ken (Sandy) Boeding of New Hampton, Connie (David) Potts of Hugo, Minnesota, Lynn (Dee) Boeding of New Hampton, David (Barb) Boeding of New Hampton, Kay (Roger) Thiemann of St. Johns, Florida, and Diane (Tom) Fitzgerald of New Hampton; 25 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, with two on the way; two brothers, Cletus (Doris) Ries of New Hampton and Merle (Shirley) Ries of Cedar Rapids; one sister-in-law, Marian Rouchka; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald, on September 30, 2018; her parents; sister-in-law, Alice Papenheim; and brothers-in-law, Chester Rouchka and Gene Papenheim.

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