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Arlene B. Blaess

October 4, 1937 - January 1, 2023

Arlene B. Blaess, age 85, of Harmony, Minnesota, formerly of Burr Oak, Iowa and Canton, Minnesota, died Sunday, January 1, 2023 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.

Arlene was born in Ossian, Iowa to Selmer and Alice (Barnes) Reinertson.  She attended country school and Bethany Lutheran Church.  On July 31, 1959 she was united in marriage to Darold Blaess at Bethany Lutheran.  They raised three children: Mark, Mike, and Robin.  They had lived in Burr Oak and later Canton, before recently moving to Harmony.  Arlene had been a cook at the Home Café in Mabel and was a longtime employee at Wapsi Produce in Decorah.  She enjoyed cooking, raising chickens, and especially enjoyed her family. 

Arlene is survived by her husband, Darold of Harmony; her children Mike (Kim) of Burr Oak, Iowa, and Robin Holstad of Boise, Idaho; daughter-in-law Sue Blaess; grandchildren  Brandon, Melissa, Brett, Molly, Benjamin, Jessica, Jordan, Cole, Krystal, Jeremy, Kaitlyn, and Justin; great grandchildren Riley, Clara, Daphne, Ayla, and Zya; and brothers Shorty (Lorretta), David (Donna), Lyle (Gladys), Carmen (Sandra), Randy (Elizabeth), and Roy (Judy); and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Mark; a brother Kenneth and his wife Ruth; and a sister Lorraine Harrington.   

Visitation will be 4 – 7 PM, Saturday, January 14th at the Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel.

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