Phyllis J. Arndt

Phyllis J. Arndt

WELCOME — A Celebration of Life service for Phyllis J. Arndt, 84, of Welcome, Minn., will be 11 a.m. Monday, June 19, 2017, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Welcome, Minn., with Pastor Anthony Christoffels officiating. Burial will be in the Fairview Memorial Park Cemetery, Fairmont, Minn.

Phyllis went to her eternal rest on Tuesday afternoon, June 13, 2017, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont, Minn. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Monday at the church.

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Phyllis Jean Drager was born Feb. 6, 1933, in Jay Township, Martin County, Minn., to Mearl and Dora (Hilken) Drager. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sherburn, Minn. She attended country school in Mt. Lake area and then Elm Creek and Sherburn Schools graduating with the class of 1950. Phyllis then attended Mankato Commercial Business College.

She then worked for various businesses. Phyllis was employed for the Sherburn Advanced Standard Newspaper and the Welcome Times for many years. She also was employed at Martin County West newspaper. She worked as a sales associate for Stevenson and later for K-Mart in Fairmont.

On Nov. 8, 1954, she was united in marriage to Marland Arndt by Rev. Paul N. Vogen at Our Redeemers Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, S.D. After their marriage, they lived and farmed near Welcome until retiring and moving to Sherburn in 1989. They later returned to Welcome. Marland died on Oct. 16, 1997.

Phyllis continued living in Welcome until her death. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Welcome where she taught Sunday School, Bible School, was a past secretary of the church council, and was a member of the Elizabeth Circle and prayer chain and served on the funeral committee.

Those left to cherish her memory are: nephew, Mark Loos of Springfield, Mo.; niece, Gayle Cook of Albert Lea, Minn., and Bev Loos, niece by marriage of Albert Lea, Minn.; great-nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, Mearl and Dora Drager; husband, Marland Arndt; sister, Janet Loos; brother-in-law, Roy Robert “Bob” Loos; sister-in-law, Emma Meyer; brothers-in-law, Alvin Arndt and Frank Meyer; and extended family and friends.

Phyllis is remembered for always being willing to help out her family, friends and church. Her family will miss her sense of humor, her infectious giggle, her competitive spirit when playing games and her many stories.