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Arlene R. Kiefer

Jul 24, 1937 - Sep 17, 2023


Arlene R. Kiefer, age 86, of Sheboygan, died on Sunday, September 17, 2023, at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton. She was born in Sheboygan on July 24, 1937, the daughter of the late Lyle and Rosella Carriveau LePean.
Arlene attended local schools and graduated from Sheboygan Central High School in 1955. On May 3, 1958, she was united in marriage to Donald Ronspies. They enjoyed 45 years of marriage together. Don preceded Arlene in death on January 26, 2004. Arlene then remarried on October 27, 2006, to Donald Kiefer and they were together for 16 years. Arlene and her first husband were the owner and operators of “Don’s Sunnyside Foods” in Sheboygan for 20 years, until their retirement in 2001. She was a lifelong member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sheboygan.
She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially attending her grandchildren’s sporting events. Arlene also loved camping, painting, growing her African Violets, and going on her many cruises through the years. She was always up for a competitive game of marbles with her grandchildren and having lunch with her high school classmates.
Survivors include her husband, Don Kiefer, of Sheboygan; two daughters, Joy (Joel) Soerens, of Sheboygan, and Carla (Philip) Duket, of Cloquet, MN; five grandchildren, Jason (Stephanie) Soerens, of Green Cove Springs, FL, Lindsey (Brett) Gullicksrud, of Holmen, WI, Zachary (Laura Schnell) Duket, of Duluth, MN, Austin Duket, of Minneapolis, MN, and Savanah Schachel, of Stockbridge, WI; eight great-grandchildren, Jayce, Sasha, Reece, Avery, Xavier, J.C., Easton, and Emmett; a son-in-law, Brian Schachel, of Stockbridge, WI; and her furry companion, Kody. Arlene is further survived by many other extended family members, and other relatives and friends. Her parents, first husband Donald Ronspies, a daughter, Lori Schachel, and her brother, Myron LaPean, all preceded her in death.
A funeral service for Arlene will be held on Friday, September 22, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. at the Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home, 1535 S. 12th Street, Sheboygan with Fr. Paul Fliss officiating. Family and friends may gather at the funeral home on Friday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at 1:00 p.m. Entombment will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Arlene’s name.

Funeral Service

Date: Friday Sep 22, 2023
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home [map]


Date: Friday Sep 22, 2023
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home [map]



Guestbook Entries SIGN GUESTBOOK

Mary & Mike

It is Wed. Sept 27 and we just read of your mom's passing. We are so sorry for your loss and that we missed being able to express our sympathies in person. We always enjoyed our little visits. It has been a long time since we had that opportunity! May she rest in peace! Our thoughts are with all of you.

Mary Jo Opgenorth

Sorry very sorry for your loss. Keeping you all close in prayer.

Michael La Pean

Gary & Michelle Meggers

Deepest sympathy to all the family. She was a wonderful neighbor to my parents.

Phyllis A Delorme

So sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with the family

Amy Sagal

We are so very sorry to hear about Arlene's passing. We are praying for her family. She is probably hanging out with her cousin Darlene. The family of Darlene Raml

Diana Beane

Carla, I am sure that you are surrounded by friends and family who are supporting you and others who knew Arlene. I am thinking of you and your family and sending prayers of peace up to the universe for you. - Diana

Lana Dekker

Sincere sympathy’s to families whom loved Arlene. For many years she was like a mom-friend to me.

Jenny Sobieski-Endres

My condolences to Arlene's family. My first job was working at the grocery store over 30 years ago and I still remember Arlene as a kind and sweet person that I am grateful for having known in my life.

Barb Schneider

Very sad to hear about Arlene and hope she did not suffer in any way. Loved her! During her years at Sunnyside Foods, she became a treasured friend. Bob and I send our sympathy to the entire family.

Nanci Vreeke -Enders

My heart is broken. Arlene and I were going to have lunch together and catch up. One of the sweetest and most caring gal I knew. My deepest sympathy to Don, Joy, and family. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.