Our little angel, Arlene, 82, of St. Joseph, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 17, 2013.
She was born on September 28, 1930 in Wathena, Kansas to William A. and Gladys O. (Rice) Rickel. They preceded her in death.
She resided in California before moving back to the St. Joseph area to be close to her family.
She worked at Sears as a telephone switchboard operator. She was a member of the Kingdom of God.
Arlene married Martin Buser in 1959. He preceded her in death in 2007.
She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Barbara Lev, brother, Tommie E. Rickel and two sisters, Velma Fisher and Mary Swanson.
Arlene is survived by three grandchildren, Tamara Lev-Alcott, Martie Lev and Adam Lev, 5 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters, Cheryl Cattan and Elladeen Sutton., brothers, Tracy, Ronnie, Willie and Kookie Rickel, brother-in-law / caretaker, Nayib Cattan and numerous nieces and nephews, as well as a special thank you to Three Rivers Hospice.
Visitation will begin after 1:00 PM Thursday, September 19, 2013 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday evening.
Graveside services and committal at Live Oak Memorial Park in Monrovia, California at a later date.
The family suggests memorial contributions to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.