Arlene M. (Elsom) Lynner, 87, passed away on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at the Clarkfield Care Center in Clarkfield.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, May 19 at 11:00 a.m. in the Clarkfield Lutheran Church, officiated by Pastor Christopher R. Zuraff. Interment will take place at the Clarkfield Lutheran Cemetery in Clarkfield.
Visitation will be on Friday, May 18 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. at the Clarkfield Lutheran Church.
Arlene Lynner was born in Veblen, SD on February 24, 1925 to parents Kathryn and Emerald Elsom. Growing up in Britton, SD, she was baptized and confirmed at United Methodist Church. She graduated from Britton High School in 1943.
Following graduation, Arlene attended Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD and then worked at the University of Minnesota. She later moved to Billings, MT where she worked as a bank teller. Arlene then enrolled as a student at South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD, to study Home Economics. While attending an all school picnic, she met a fellow student named James Lynner who offered Arlene and her girlfriends a ride back to their dorm.
When James returned to Clarkfield to farm, the long distance courtship continued. James and Arlene were married on May 1, 1949 at the United Methodist church in Britton. To this union were born three sons: Jim, Paul and Steven. They lived on the Clarkfield Dairy Farm with James’ father for 10 years prior to his death in 1959. Arlene was always happy to provide a home for James and his widowed father.
Arlene was involved in Sewing Club, Garden Club, 4-H Leader, Sons of Norway and Clarkfield Lutheran Church Women. She enjoyed being a homemaker and raising her family. She enjoyed baking buns, and making lefse with James. Her pastimes include sewing and quilting with friends at church. She liked flower gardening and yard work (as long as the bugs weren’t out). You could often find her reading the daily newspaper and magazines. She looked forward to helping with the annual Clarkfield Lutheran Harvest Festival attired in her Norwegian dress.
James and Arlene enjoyed travels to Europe and to Norway visiting relatives. In 1980, they were part of a mission trip to Haiti. Arlene accompanied James to many agriculture conventions, Over 60 Band Parades and other events.
Arlene will always be remembered for her quick wit. She enjoyed visiting with friends and always had stories to tell. She was extremely proud of her eight grandchildren and their activities and accomplishments. Her six great grandchildren were a joy to her as well.
She is survived by her husband, James, of Clarkfield and her sons: James B. Lynner, Paul and Natalie Lynner, and Steve and Brenda Lynner, all of Clarkfield and her 8 grandchildren: Ranae (Josh) Carter and Kyra, Craig (Trista) Lynner, Brynn and Chloe, Christa (Tom) Sebo and Lauren, Jenna Lynner, Emmy (Jake) Bollman and Thatcher, Michael (Kate) Lynner, Eric (Kaitlynn) Lynner and Zoey and Matthew Lynner, brother George (Denise) Elsom of Rapid City, SD and their daughters Jane Brady and Toni Woolever.
Arrangements are with Lynner Funeral Home of Clarkfield. jhlynner.com