Lucille Arlt, age 76 of Hutchinson, died Monday, June 20, 2005, at her home.
Lucille was born June 29, 1928, in Hutchinson to Hugo and Alvina (Kaddatz) Kuester. She was baptized as an infant July 15, 1928, at her family’s home in Hutchinson, and was confirmed in her faith as a youth at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson.
She received her education in Hutchinson, and was a graduate of the Hutchinson High School class of 1946.
Lucille furthered her education by attending Mankato State University Normal Teachers College in Mankato, and then completed her education at Mankato State University.
She was united in marriage to Victor Arlt Aug. 20, 1952, at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. This marriage was blessed with four children.
The Arlts resided in Glencoe until 1967, when they moved to Hutchinson. They shared 52 years of marriage before Victor died March 6, 2005.
Lucille began her career as a teacher in 1947. She taught part-time, full-time, and as a substitute teacher for public and parochial schools in Young America, Winsted, Glencoe, Winthrop, Cedar Mills, and Hutchinson.
After retiring from teaching, she served as acting principal at Cedar Mills, Gibbon, and Silver Lake parochial schools. She received the Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year Award in 1996.
Lucille was proud to serve on the school board and was instrumental in passing the bonds for the West Elementary School and the Middle School in Hutchinson. In addition to being a teacher, she sold Avon and became a district manager, was a sales representative for World Book, and was also a real estate agent.
An active member of Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, Lucille served as choir director, Sunday school adviser, taught Sunday school and confirmation classes, and was a member and past president of Dorcas, member and past president of the Missionary Society, and was a member of the stewardship committee.
She also served on many committees as a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. She was a delegate to district LWML, attended Bible study groups, and led devotions at Burns Manor Nursing Home.
Lucille was also a member of the Hutchinson American Legion Auxiliary, the Diplomats, the American Cancer Society, the McLeod County Fair Board, where she was director of Senior Citizen Day; and served as a Girl Scout leader, smoke free facilitator for the American Lung Association, and assistant senior activity director.
Lucille enjoyed dancing, listening to music, playing cards, reading, and having coffee while socializing with friends. She always seemed to be where the action was. She enjoyed entertaining family and friends at her home and made the best potato salad, angel food cake, and chicken noodle soup.
Her passion was children; she loved all children and especially enjoyed the company of her own children and being able to watch her grandchildren participate in their activities. Throughout her life, she continued to do daily random acts of kindness for friends and family and lived by the Golden Rule.
Survivors include her children, Jenni (Jim) Eveslage of Rochester, Juli (Mike) Monahan of Hutchinson, Jodi (Steve) Drew of Hutchinson, and John (Carol) Arlt of Hutchinson; grandchildren Joe Eveslage, Jeff Eveslage, Brianna Monahan, Danny Monahan, Molly Monahan, Chelsey Drew, Masey Drew, Riley Drew, Jake Arlt, and Cody Arlt; sister-in-law Elvira (Alfred) Exsted of Glencoe; and many other relatives and friends.
Lucille was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Victor Arlt; and a sister in infancy, Julianna Kuester.
Funeral services were Friday, June 24, at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, with the Revs. Eric Goodwin and Gerhard Bode officiating. Organist was Paul Otte, and soloist Lawrence Biermann sang “Lasst Mich Geh’n” and “The Lord’s Prayer.” Congregational hymns were “Lift High The Cross,” “Blest Be The Tie That Binds” and “Onward Christian Soldiers.” Interment was in Oakland Cemetery in Hutchinson.
Pallbearers were Joe Eveslage, Jeff Eveslage, Danny Monahan, Kyle Messner, Mike Marquardt, and Chris Dobratz.
Arrangements were by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson.