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“Arlene will be missed very much. I have a story of how she helped my daughter and I during the Douglas County Fair. We had just brought my daughter...Read More »
1 of 70 | Posted by: Marlys Jensen

“I'm so sorry! I grew up with Arlene in Alex! We lived only blocks from each other! We became better friends in our high school years! ALWAYS smiling...Read More »
2 of 70 | Posted by: LuAnn Swanson (Ziegelmann)

“Dear family of Arlene. There are hardly enough words to express how much your mom will be missed. I have no Arlene for 40 years, from the clinic as...Read More »
3 of 70 | Posted by: Brenda Cordes-Barker

“First I met Arlene being a patient at the clinic and Arlene was so kind and full of life! Where I really got to know Arlene was when my son played...Read More »
4 of 70 | Posted by: Stephanie Anderson

“Arlene lived life to the fullest and gave so much of herself in the process. She will be missed by all who were blessed to know her and taught us...Read More »
5 of 70 | Posted by: Diane Pearson

“Arlene was a bundle of positive energy that impacted many lives. She will be greatly missed. Our prayers and condolences to her family. ”
6 of 70 | Posted by: Deb Erickson

“I am going to miss her alot ”
7 of 70 | Posted by: Marvin Kulzer

“We are so sorry to hear about Arlene's accident. We have been in Phoenix moving our son back to MN and just learned. Still on the road and unable...Read More »
8 of 70 | Posted by: Dave and Cher Larson

“I read recently a statement that said "Be so happy that when other look at you they become happy too." Arlene was that person and her memory still...Read More »
9 of 70 | Posted by: Amber Carlson

“It is so hard to believe that we won't see that beautiful smile or hear that wonderful laugh again. She was such a gift. Never a dull moment...Read More »
10 of 70 | Posted by: Kim Casavan

“Our Auxiliary would like to extend our sincere sympathy to the entire family. ”
11 of 70 | Posted by: VFW Post3289 Auxiliary VFW Post 3289 Auxiliary - MN

“Dear family, What an I say, I loved your Mom so much. From the day we moved in with 8 kids and met her with 6, we had so much in common. She was a...Read More »
12 of 70 | Posted by: Prudy Jackson

“To all Arlene's families, My sympathy. Many memories which cannot be undone. Always good to see Arlene's smile. I wish God's guidance for you...Read More »
13 of 70 | Posted by: Beth [Benson] Hoover

“We grew up near the Bosek house and knew the family very well. Arlene treated us like one of her own. We had many life experiences because of her and...Read More »
14 of 70 | Posted by: Mike Navratil

“Bosek Family, I am so sorry for your loss. What a great woman! Her infectious smile made a room glow. I have always appreciated her mentorship thru...Read More »
15 of 70 | Posted by: Marie Rutten (Floding)

“My Heart and Prayes go out to Arlene's Family. She was A Great Lady ( A Angel On Earth) She will be missed by All. ”
16 of 70 | Posted by: Debbie Barry ( Was Thompson)

“Peace Boseks! I think back and wonder how long I knew Arlene...forever I guess. Her infectious smile and laugh along with here caring heart and hands...Read More »
17 of 70 | Posted by: Jodie Baumann

“On behalf of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 87' we would like to extend our deepest sympathy in the loss of Arlene, Arlene has been the president...Read More »
18 of 70 | Posted by: Judy Wenner, Treas.

“A beautiful soul, proud to have worked with her. ”
19 of 70 | Posted by: Judy

“I am proud to say I knew this wonderful woman on a personal basis. Words cannot justify what Arlene was all about! Alexandria has suffered a great...Read More »
20 of 70 | Posted by: Deanna Knudson

“So very sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of working with Arlene for a number of years, the first day I started she came up to me and took my...Read More »
21 of 70 | Posted by: Sue Mitchell

“I am so heartbroken for all of you. I adored Arlene from the moment I met her so many years ago. Arlene had a gift of making other feel comfortable...Read More »
22 of 70 | Posted by: Cheli Larson (formerly Nelson)

“Arlene was the VFW Auxiliary Hospital Rep. at the MN Veterans Home in Fergus Falls. She did a great job as a Volunteer, .....but Arlene was way more...Read More »
23 of 70 | Posted by: Deanna Mounts - Dalton, MN

“How do you describe this lady who knew no boundaries in giving of herself. I know of no one who gave so much to so many.She was always involved and...Read More »
24 of 70 | Posted by: Cecilia Courneya

“To the lady that patched me up more than I can count.. "Timmy, its not that bad" she would tell me.. the same lady that took my son during the...Read More »
25 of 70 | Posted by: Tim Nohre

“Tom & the bosek family, I was shocked and very saddened to hear of your mom's death. She was a beam of sunlight on a cloudy day, a bright light in...Read More »
26 of 70 | Posted by: Tom Bork

“Arlene was a blessing to our family, always had time for us and to talk. We will miss her greatly. prayers to the family, hugs, Monica Olson, Clayton...Read More »
27 of 70 | Posted by: Monica Olson

“I saw Arlene for years at the Alex Clinic and thoroughly enjoyed her. I waited on her at the Alex Post Office and the past few years at Elden's. She...Read More »
28 of 70 | Posted by: Mary Kilpo

“With Deepest Sympathy to the family, Arlene will surely be missed by family, husband, the community, her Eagle Auxiliary Sisters greatly. She touched...Read More »
29 of 70 | Posted by: viola manderud - fergus falls, MN

“I am so very sorry for your great loss. Arlene was a special friend to me. Val Trumm ”
30 of 70 | Posted by: Val Trumm, Parish Nurse, First Lutheran Church, Alexandria, MN

“Arlene was a beautiful woman and always happy she will be missed ”
31 of 70 | Posted by: Janet Isaak

“Arlene, we will so miss you. Please, rest now in peace. God did a great job creating you. Let Him do his job, even though you are now in heaven with...Read More »
32 of 70 | Posted by: Greg Niblett

“We are so sorry to hear of Arlene's passing. She had a heart of gold and a laugh that was so contagious....you couldn't help but smile every time...Read More »
33 of 70 | Posted by: Cindy Erickson

“Our deepest sympathy, Oh Arlene, the light of our district meetings. Your shine put a smile on everyone's face and the contagious laugh was...Read More »
34 of 70 | Posted by: Litchfield Eagles #3424 - MN

“Condolences to the Bosek family. I only had the pleasure of meeting Ma a few times, however my father shared a few memories of Ma from his time spent...Read More »
35 of 70 | Posted by: Arne Rantanen

“I am so saddened by this news. I just saw her a week ago and gave her a big hug! Arlene was an inspiration to all who worked with her! At the...Read More »
36 of 70 | Posted by: Susan Paulson

“A number of years ago, on a particularly warm December day, Arlene stopped by around dinner time. I had decided to grill steaks over our backyard...Read More »
37 of 70 | Posted by: Gloria Pfeifer

“Heaven gained an angel on Saturday. Arlene was an amazing lady to so many. I had the privilege to work with her for over 15 years at the Alexandria...Read More »
38 of 70 | Posted by: Julie Bennes

“We are so saddened by Arlene's death. We just met up with her at the grocery store where she was running errands for others. She never looked for...Read More »
39 of 70 | Posted by: Yang Koua Lo and Rachel Schuneman

“We are so sorry for your loss. She will be greatly missed by all. Prayers to all .. Rudy & Norma Nelson ”
40 of 70 | Posted by: Rudy & Norma Nelson

“I am so sorry she will be missed by many she was a joy to be around at meetings for the District 3 conventions. ”
41 of 70 | Posted by: Anna vogt 287 Brainerd

“This indeed was a shock, as I thought Arlene would be in Alex forever. no matter what was going on here,Arlene was involved,.Friends since we were...Read More »
42 of 70 | Posted by: Delores ( Gawthrop) Martin

“Arlene and I had a chat in the grocery store---thats usually where we bumped into each other. Always a smile and positive thought. Things won't be...Read More »
43 of 70 | Posted by: Joanne Messenger

“so sorry for your loss, Arlene was a one of a kind person, who will be greatly missed. BOB AND BETTE PAULZINE ”
44 of 70 | Posted by: bette paulzine

“We are thinking of you and sending prays in this hard time. ”
45 of 70 | Posted by: Jack and Donna Hvezda

“We are so sorry for your loss, she was a great person, she always had a smile on her face. Jerry and Barb Quast ”
46 of 70 | Posted by: Barb Quast

“So sorry to hear this tragic news. She was a wonderful lady, always had a smile on her face. She made counting laps fun. ”
47 of 70 | Posted by: Mary Bailey

“So sorry to hear about this . Arlene was an amazing woman always found time to visit with people she was such a caring person .She will be missed by...Read More »
48 of 70 | Posted by: Liz and George Meyeraan

“So sorry to hear about this . Arlene was an amazing woman always found time to visit with people she was such a caring person .She will be missed by...Read More »
49 of 70 | Posted by: Liz and George Meyeraan

“She will be missed. Growing up Arlene was a second mother to Ronnie and Randy Olson. Are deepest condolences to her entire family. ”
50 of 70 | Posted by: Randy Olson - Alexandria, MN

“We will miss you Arlene you did so much for our community thank you ”
51 of 70 | Posted by: Sanford Olson

“Our hearts are heavy for this loss of such an amazing lady. Prayers and hugs to the Bosek family. She holds a special place for all those who knew...Read More »
52 of 70 | Posted by: Lars & Michelle Couturier - Cedar, MI

“Thoughts and prayers to the Bosek Family.. Arlene will be missed by many. ”
53 of 70 | Posted by: Kathy Zimmerman

“We are so sorry for your loss, but Wow, Heaven is one lucky place to have Arlene join them..she was such a nice lady, always had a big smile for...Read More »
54 of 70 | Posted by: Bill and Donna Luckemeyer

“Arlene was a fixture in Alexandria. She gave so freely of her time and energy. Praying for comfort for her dear fsmily ”
55 of 70 | Posted by: Kathryn Aga Lee

“We are losing all the good ones it seems...Ma was special in so many ways, as comes with that name. The racing world knew her simply as Ma Bosek,...Read More »
56 of 70 | Posted by: The Manning Family - MI

“Our sincerest sympathies go out to this wonderful family. Ma was a mom to all of us. She was a kind and generous one of a kind person and she will...Read More »
57 of 70 | Posted by: Team Highland - Lake City, MI

“Ma was everyone's Grandma at the I-500. She is loved by many and will be greatly missed. ”
58 of 70 | Posted by: Anna Smith - Fergus Falls, MN

“To her family and many friends, so very sorry for your loss. RIP Arlene. You will be missed by many . ”
59 of 70 | Posted by: Kevin T.Kuehl

“Arlene was a dear friend to me. I loved her like a Mother should be loved. She leaves behind a great family full of her same spirit. God took home...Read More »
60 of 70 | Posted by: Tom Courneya

“So very sorry to hear of Arlene. She always had a happy smile and a friendly hello. May her wonderful memories comfort you at this tragic time. ...Read More »
61 of 70 | Posted by: Caroyle Foshaug

“This is so sad. Arlene always made you feel good. She always had a smile anne was so positive. So hard to believe She is gone. May God bless all...Read More »
62 of 70 | Posted by: Sandy Buckner

“I am so sorry to hear of your loss of your mother, Arlene.Our thoughts and prayers are with you.She was a super person and will be missed greatly.God...Read More »
63 of 70 | Posted by: Carol. Moore

“SO SORRY TO HEAR OF ARLENE'S TRAGIC ACCIDENT.SHE TOUCHED MANY LIVES AND WILL BE MISSED DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THE BOSEK FAMILY ”
64 of 70 | Posted by: MARY N JOE HELLERMAN

“To Arlene's family you have my deepest sympathy. I had the pleasure of working with Arlene for over 10 years at Alexandria Clinic. Arlene's...Read More »
65 of 70 | Posted by: Stacey Lhotka

“The Roe family sends are condolences to the Bosek family. John we are so sorry for your loss, prayers from are family to your. ”
66 of 70 | Posted by: Wilbur Roe - St. Charles, MI

“To the Bosek Family! Gods Speed to "ma" she was always happy and friendly to everyone and was someone everyone looked forward to seeing every season....Read More »
67 of 70 | Posted by: Tim Lockwood - Waterloo, IN

“It was a shock to learn in church today of the passing of Arlene. I first came to know her when we both worked at the Alexandria Clinic in downtown...Read More »
68 of 70 | Posted by: Judy Roers-Anderson - Alexndria, MN

“So sorry to hear of your loss. The spirit of Ma Bosek will live on in our hearts forever. Hugs to you all. ”
69 of 70 | Posted by: Jona Kirts-Hudson - Royal Oak, MI

“The Vermeersch family is thinking of the Bosek family at this difficult time and praying for you all. So sorry for your loss. She was a very...Read More »
70 of 70 | Posted by: Kim Vermeersch - Unionville, MI


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Arlene Adelle “Olsen” Bosek was born to Ann Louise Dahlke and Clifford Charles Olsen on June 28, 1938 in Alexandria, MN. She was united in marriage to John W Bosek on June 22, 1959. To this union, the couple was blessed with six children. In her lifetime, she enjoyed riding horse, snowmobiling, playing softball, volleyball, horseshoeing, fishing and hunting. She always had a passion for reading “Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey” and spending time outdoors at the lake. Right up to her death she continued to play golf and spend time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. With great pride, she was employed as a Radiologic Technologist through the Douglas County Hospital and Alexandria Clinic for over 50 years. She spent countless hours helping with the professional snowmobilers (being referred to as Ma Bosek) or fixing a meal for the Brandon/Evansville Boys Baseball team after a home game. She would go above and beyond to help others whenever she could. She accomplished this with all her volunteer work in the different organizations she belonged to over the years. Arlene was a member of the First Lutheran Church, Eagles Auxiliary, Legion, Viking Sportsmen, Relay for Life, VFW Auxillary, Lions Club, Douglas County 4-H, Boy and Girl Scouts, MN Deer Hunters, Fergus Falls Veterans Home, Carlos Sportsman’s Club, Douglas County Hospital and others. Two of her favorite things were the annual “Senior Fishing Day” each July which she was in charge of, and her Senior Companions that she helped each week.

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She received the Douglas County Elks “Outstanding Senior Citizen Award” in 2014 and the Sertoma “Service to Mankind Award” in 2009. Arlene helped make this world a better place for all she did while she was here. Arlene died on Saturday, August 5, 2017, in a car accident at the age of 79. She is survived by her husband; John W. Bosek of Alexandria; her daughters, Kathleen (Daryl) Rittenour and Deborah (Charles) Revering of Fergus Falls; sons, John C. Bosek of Garfield, James D. (Julie) Bosek of Garfield, Tom Bosek of Alexandria, and Jeff S. (Karen) Bosek of Carlos; grandchildren, Michael (Susan) Rittenour, Thomas (Jessica) Rittenour, Darin (Kristy) Rittenour, Cameron Rittenour, CalieAnn (Matthew) Anderson, Makayla (Reed) Christensen, Samantha (Rory) Beckman, Charles Revering, Daniel Revering, KayCee (Anthony) Sanborn, Natasha Bosek, Crystal (Josh) Guetter, O’Ryan Bosek, Anakin Bosek, Thomas Bosek Jr, Trey Bosek, Teryn Bosek, Ashley Kruse, Kaisa Bosek, and Ryker Bosek; great-grandchildren, Hunter and Jack Rittenour, Avery Rittenour, Connor and Nolan Anderson, Korie, Andrea, and Rhett Christensen, Payton Beckman, Madaline, Sawyer, Weslee Sanborn, and two more on the way. Arlene is preceded by death by parents Clifford and Ann; sister, Patricia Olsen; brother, A.C. “Arnie” Olsen; and grandson, Cory Rittenour. A Funeral Service will be held 11:00 AM on Friday, August 11, 2017, at First Lutheran Church in Alexandria. Visitation will be held from 5-8 PM with a time of sharing at 7:00 PM on Thursday, August 10, 2017, at the Anderson Funeral Home and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Interment will be at Kinkead Cemetery in Alexandria. In lieu of flowers she would request that you contribute to her favorite charities: Ronald McDonald House: 850 2nd St SW, Rochester, MN 55902 (507) 282-3955; American Cancer Society: 3721 23rd St S Suite 102, St. Cloud, MN 56301 (320)255-0220 https://www.cancer.org/about-us/local/minnesota.html in memory of Arlene Bosek.

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