Arlene Welper Ritter

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Arlene Ann Welper Ritter, 87, of Prairie du Chien, died on Monday, March 22, 2021, at her home in Prairie du Chien. 

She was born Nov. 9, 1933, in Waukon, Iowa, to Alfred and Ruth (Dresselhaus) Welper. Arlene was confirmed at Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon, and graduated from Waukon High School. She was united in marriage with William Ritter on June 1, 1974. Throughout the years, Arlene worked at The Soil Conservation Office in Waukon, Fisher’s in Marshalltown, Iowa, and also helped at the family-owned tree farm. 

Surviving Arlene are her sister, Lois Evans; nephews and nieces, Mark (Linda) Evans, Diane (Randy) Wagner, Randy (Lisa) Schrabeck, Rodney Schrabeck, Shelley Schrabeck, Kevin (Toni) Kuhse, Holly Kuhse, Todd (Vicki) Kuhse and Kelly (Debra) Kuhse; and special friend, Irene Petsche.

Arlene was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Ruth Welper; her husband, William Ritter, on Nov. 16, 2000; sisters, Janet (Roger) Kuhse and Bernice (Joseph) Schrabeck; brother-in-law, Harris Evans; and nephew, Joel Kuhse.

A public visitation was held on Friday, March 26, at Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Prairie du Chien. A graveside service followed at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in McGregor, Iowa. Cards and condolences may be sent to her sister, Lois Evans, 428 4th St. NE, Waukon, Iowa 52172. 

Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, of Prairie du Chien, is assisting the family.

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