A celebration of life for Arlene M. Troyer, 87 of Kalona will be held Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 10:00 AM at the Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church in rural Kalona with Pastors Don Patterson and Steve Nelson officiating. Burial will follow at the Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Cemetery. Visitation will be held Monday, October 28 from 2-4 and 5-7 PM at the Peterseim Funeral Home in Kalona. A memorial fund has been established for the Coralville Fire Department, Kalona 1st Repsonder's and Iowa City Hospice. Arlene Troyer died Friday, October 25, 2013 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City following a battle with pulmonary fibrosis.
Arlene Mae (Swartzendruber) Troyer was born June 18, 1926 in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa the daughter of Lee and Emma (Wyse) Swartzendruber. She attended Eicher rural school and graduated from Wayland High School in 1944. On May 6, 1947 she was united in marriage to Paul Troyer at the Sugar Creek Mennonite Church in Wayland. She worked at Country Lane Eggs and was a bookkeeper at the Kalona Oil Company for several years. Arlene was a member of the Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church where she was active in the Mennonite Women's group. She was also a member of the Wellman Quilter's Guild. Arlene enjoyed quilting, crocheting, hand embroidery, puzzles, gardening, flowers, baking and cooking.
Survivors include her husband Paul of Kalona, four children and spouses: Gordon (Juanita) Troyer of Kalona, Maxine (Duane) Mast of Kalona, Kenny (Kate) Troyer of Solon, Debra (David) Stannard of Coralville, seven grandchildren: Andrea, Patrick, Christopher, Diane, Rob, Nicholas, Emily, three great grandchildren: Collin, Noah and Ben, two sisters: Dorothy Gingerich of Kalona and Wilma Knepp of Iowa City.
Preceding Arlene in death were her parents and a stillborn brother.