Arlene Marie Berzins (Harwood), age 78, of Delano, passed away peacefully Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017.
A Celebration of Life will take place Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at Island View Golf Club, 7795 County Road 30, Waconia from 4 to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to donate.cancer.org.
Arrangements are with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.
Arlene was born in Spring Valley, MN, but spent her childhood years in St. Paul and Richfield.
She settled in Delano with her husband, Charles, and established their farm as Summit Stable. Arlene’s passion and love of horses led to a life filled with showing Morgan horses and helping others to become proficient at riding and showing.
It was important to Arlene to promote and support the horse community. She served as a member on several committees, to name a few are Trail Dusters of Bloomington, Tri State Horsemen’s Association, and North Central Morgan Association.
One of her all-time favorite horse shows was the Minnesota State Fair. Arlene loved the crowds, the food, and the energy. The atmosphere, she said, was the best training tool for patience.
Arlene’s door was always open to all; she was always there to listen, give advice, and be supportive. She loved her family, friends, horses, and dogs, and lived her life doing what she loved.
Arlene will be deeply missed by her husband, Charles; sons Stephen Berzins, and Ron and Janet Berzins; grandchildren Sarah and Jeremy Mikkelson, Michael Berzins, Daniel and Kristin Berzins, and Suzie Berzins; great-grandchildren Jordan, Hailey, Ryan, Karly, Claire, and Wyatt; and nephew Daniel and Stacy Harwood.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Elmo and Edith Harwood; brothers Leon and Betty Harwood, Ron Harwood, and Jim Harwood; and grandson, Scott Berzins.