Alice Mae Arnold, 90, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Oct. 25, 2017, at Ennoble Manor.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Dubuque. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Manchester. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., Dubuque. Family and friends also may gather after 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church.
Alice Mae was born Sept. 6, 1927, in Manchester, to Pearl (Smith) and Ludwig (Louie) Claus. She received her education in Manchester schools, graduating from Manchester High School in 1945. After high school she attended Radio Operators School in Omaha, Neb. She worked as a telephone switchboard operator for Central Iowa Telephone Co. of Manchester from 1946 until her marriage.
On Oct. 8, 1949, she married the love of her life, Melvin F. Arnold, in Manchester. To this union three children were born, Debra, Mark and Brian. They resided in Manchester until July 1965, when they relocated to Dubuque because of Melvin's job with the Iowa Highway Commission (now Iowa Department of Transportation). She was a talented seamstress and enjoyed sewing for family and friends. Many nights she burned the midnight oil working on her next project. Alice also was a longtime volunteer at Finley Hospital, with more than 2,000 volunteer hours to her credit.
She held various jobs, including Sears Catalog Department, Northwest Fabrics, Hal Judge Interiors, Stampfers and Rosheks. However, her most enjoyable job was as an elevator operator at American Trust Main Bank for 33 years, retiring in April 2015. She made many lasting friendships there.
Alice was a woman of strong faith. She was confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Delaware, Iowa; later became a member of First Lutheran Church in Manchester and, lastly, was a faithful member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Dubuque for more than 50 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Louie and Pearl Claus; in-laws, Edith and Forest Arnold; her husband, Melvin, in 1977; a sister and brother-in-law, Virginia and David Schmidt; and a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Doris and Orville Thomas.
She is survived by her children, Debra (Steve) Pascoe, of Beaver Dam, Wis., and Mark (Donita) Arnold and Brian (Annette) Arnold, both of Dubuque. Also left to cherish her memory are her grandchildren, Sara (Scott), Beth (Justin), Nick (Kate) and Zach (Katie); seven stepgrandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and 12 stepgreat-grandchildren, along with a brother-in-law, Milton (Onalee) Arnold of Marion; cousins and valued friends.
The family extends a special thank-you for the kind care by Dr. Kirkendall, caring and compassionate staff at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center, Finley Hospital, Hospice of Dubuque, and Dr. Allen Meurer.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Finley Health Foundation, Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center or Hospice of Dubuque.