Gerald William Arens, age 88 of Hartington, Nebraska, formerly of Crofton, Nebraska, died on Friday, January 15, 2016 at the Golden Living Center in Hartington.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 10:30 am at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Crofton with Rev. Michael Schmitz officiating. Burial will be in the St. Rose of Lima Cemetery in Crofton. Visitation will be on Monday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm with a Vigil Service at 7:00 pm at the Wintz Funeral Home in Crofton. Visitation will begin at 9:30 am on Tuesday at the church. In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials to St. Rose School or Parish.
Pallbearers will be his nephews, Quentin Reifenrath, David Arens, Larry Arens, Mick Reifenrath, John Arens, Curtis Arens, Brian Arens, Steve Arens and Doug Nelson.
Honorary Pallbearers will be his nieces, nephews and the staff at the Golden Living Center.
Gerald was born on July 31, 1927 along with his twin brother, Harold, on the family farm near Crofton to John William and Caroline Mary (Luft) Arens. Gerald was a special need person throughout his life. He attended District 95 country school and St. Rose of Lima elementary school. He made his first confession and received First Communion at St. Rose. He was active on the farm, helping his brothers with various chores. His main job was tending to the chickens, gathering eggs and helping his mother with house work and helping in the garden. In 1965 he moved with his parents into Crofton and began attending Region IV School in Bloomfield, NE. This changed his life allowing him to develop mentally and make many friends. He worked at various places as a janitor but was very proud of the time he spent as a janitor at Prince Hydraulics in Hartington. Gerald cared for his mother during her illness and then cared for his dad. He had an apartment at the Cottonwood Villa in Crofton until 2003 and then moved to the Golden Living community in Hartington. In 2006 he entered the Golden Living Center in Hartington.
Gerald enjoyed doing paint by number pictures, latch work and sewing pot holders. He gave many gifts of his work to family members and friends. He was a member of the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.
Gerald is survived by 2 brothers, Irvin Arens of Yankton, formerly of Randolph, NE; Alvin (Sharron) Arens of Norfolk, NE; a sister, Eleanor (Sam) Nelson of St. Helena, NE; a sister-in-law, Margaret Arens and her husband Roger Yates of Crofton and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 5 brothers, baby Benedict who died at birth, Raymond (Frances, Norma), Clarence (Arlene), Lawrence (Mary Ann), twin Brother, Harold, 3 sisters, Cecelia (Albert) Reifenrath, Leona (Raymond) Thunker and Viola (Norbert) Reifenrath.
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So sorry to hear of the loss of Gerald. He was a very memorable part of my time at Golden Living and I will always think of him fondly!!
Heather (Eskens) Underwood
Sorry for your loss, I pray God will comfort you in you time of need. I enjoyed taking care of Gerald at the nursing home, he made us laugh most days.
So sorry uncle Irvin to hear of the loss of your brother, Gerald. What an amazing person he was. May he rest in peace.
Carla (Steffen) Tressell
I have only just seen Gerald's obituary, but wanted to express sympathy at the loss of such a sweet man. He was such a kind man and I know Dad (Dennis Bogner) always enjoyed chatting with him downtown, whether at D & D or Wiebelhaus's. Rest in peace, Gerald.
Barbara (Bogner) Lee
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