Arlene Marie Gates, 84, passed away Oct. 4, 2019 at Homestead Care Center in New Holstein after an eight-year battle with cancer.
Born Jan. 31, 1935, she was the first of nine daughters born to Irene (Meier) and Anthony Hoerth. Born and raised in Marytown, she attended Kiel High School and graduated from there in 1952.
She met and married John “Bud” Gates in November 1953. He preceded her in death in 1985. She later married Dennis Reynolds in 1996. He preceded her in death in 2017.
Arlene worked at Tecumseh Products for 30 years. Arlene and Bud also purchased what was known as the Hadi Club, renamed it Wie-Gates and ran it for a couple of years. After her retirement, she worked many part-time jobs from WalMart to Pinkerton Securities.
Her hobbies also included playing baseball and bowling. She loved watching her favorite teams, the Brewers, the Packers, and the Badgers. She was a great cook and also made many special dishes for family gatherings. She was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary.
Survivors include seven of her sisters, Ginny (Kenneth) Leitner, Romaine (Gordon) Bruggink, Diana (Robert) Multer, Antoinette (Gerald) Meyer, Lois (Donald) Herzog, Kris (William) Brieger, and Michelle (David) Oostdyk; a brother-in-law, Dennis Quasius; her children, Kay Buris of New Mexico, Peggy (Steve) Rusch of Chilton, Jack (Gail) Gates of Kiel, Sherri Gates of Kimberly; a son-in-law, Richard Baltz of Wausaukee; 24 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild with two more on the way. She is further survived by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Arlene was preceded in death by her parents, Irene and Anthony Hoerth; her in-laws, Jack and Helen Gates; a sister, Shirley Quasius; a daughter, Renee Baltz; a great-grandson, Trent Rusch; a brother-in-law, Thomas Stecker; many aunts, uncles, and other relatives.
A celebration of life for Arlene will be held at Wieting Family Funeral Home, 411 W. Main St. in Chilton from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11. Per her wishes, she was cremated.
The family wishes to thank Homestead Care Facility for the care and compassion they showed to Mom and the family. And a special thank you to Melissa from Calumet County Hospice. You are a very special lady.
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