In Memory of Arlene Wonder

Arlene Wonder
Arlene Wonder
Born: February 13, 1942
Died: September 15, 2020
Age: 78
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Arlene Wonder
February 13, 1942 - September 15, 2020
From: Ida Grove, IA

Arlene Wonder, age 78, of Ida Grove, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at her residence of Ida Grove, Iowa.

Private Family Services will be held at the Westminster Presbyterian Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Rev. Shari O’Bannon will officiate. Committal Services will follow in the Mount Hope Cemetery of Battle Creek, Iowa.  The Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online

Arlene Lois Wonder was born on Friday, February 13, 1942, to Guy and Virginia (Wunschel) Carlson. She was the oldest of five children. Arlene attended country school at Blaine No. 9 until the 6th grade and she transferred to town school. She graduated from Ida Grove High School with the class of 1960 and started working at the local newspaper the Pioneer Record in Ida Grove where she worked until its closing in 1995. Arlene then worked at VT Industries until she retired in 2009.

On August 26, 1961, Arlene married James Wonder in Battle Creek, Iowa. They made their home north of Battle Creek until 1965. The couple then moved to Ida Grove where she has resided up until present.  Jim and Arlene had three daughters: Sheryl, Valarie, and Ann.

Arlene was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church of Ida Grove. She taught Sunday school, Bible school, and served as an elder in the church.

Arlene enjoyed NASCAR (Jimmie Johnson), crocheting (she made countless afghans, towels and other beautiful crafts throughout her life), reading and genealogy. Her favorite pastime was playing with her great-grandson, Xavier, which gave her many smiles and hours of joy.

Survivors include daughters: Sheryl Wonder and Valarie Wonder of Ida Grove, IA; Ann Wonder of Arthur, IA; and chosen son, Steve Kallas of Ida Grove, IA; grandchildren: Alexis Pereira, Aarika (Josh) Blunk, Brittany Pereira and Adam Wonder (special friend, Cindy); and great-grandson Xavier Blunk. Other survivors included one brother, Ron Carlson of Odebolt, IA; three sisters: Shirley Havener, LuAnn Smith, and Marilyn (Dan) Dose all of Ida Grove, IA.

Other survivors include sisters-in-law: Marlene (Dick) Lake of Iowa City, IA, Phyllis (Don) Sargent of Spearfish, SD and Julie Wonder (John) of Ida Grove, IA; brothers-in-law: George Wonder of Henrietta, NY; Verne Schroeder of Sioux City, IA and Herb Bathke of Lincoln, NE. Also surviving are one aunt, an uncle, several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Preceding her in death are husband, James (1982); parents, Guy and Virginia Carlson; parents-in-law, George and Ferne Wonder; sisters-in-law: Barbara Schroeder, Janice Bathke, Linda Minor, Carol Wonder and Vickie Carlson; and nephews: Mike Hendricks, Darren Minor and Kevin Smith.


Private Family Services


Rev. Shari O'Bannon


Alexis Pereira
Aarika Blunk
Brittany Pereira
Adam Wonder
Joshua Blunk
Xavier Blunk
Steve Kallas
Cindy Huerta


Mount Hope Cemetery
Battle Creek, Iowa


Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 8:57 PM
“I remember having Arlene as a Sunday school teacher. About 4th grade at Battle Creek Presbyterian church then later seeing her in ida grove and visiting. What a nice lady. ”
- Bonnie (Laursen) ruden
Monday, September 21, 2020 at 9:14 AM
“My sympathy to all the family. Enjoyed our visits when I lived across the street.”
- Dolores Williams
Monday, September 21, 2020 at 9:14 AM
“I am so very sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and in my prayers. Arlene was such a very nice person.”
- Sheila Petersen
Friday, September 18, 2020 at 9:02 AM
“Sorry to hear of Arlene's passing. I knew Arlene at the Pioneer Record when I worked there. She was a delightful gal and I will always remember her laugh that would brighten anyone's day. Blessings to all the family. ”
- Marsha Kjar
Friday, September 18, 2020 at 9:02 AM
“So sorry. Many wonderful memories from the old neighborhood. Wonderful lady!”
- Wade and Patty Cluka(Hare)
Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 2:13 PM
“We are sorry to hear that Arlene passed away our condolences Kenny & Anne Thornhill”
- Kenny & Anne Thornhiill
Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 2:13 PM
“So sorry to hear that Arlene has passed. She was a wonderful friend. To her daughters and sisters, my heart felt condolences. Love to you all.”
- Janet Bobzien
Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 9:15 AM
“So sorry for your loss. Arlene was a very special lady. I remember her making a crochet Care Bear for me to give as a Christmas gift. She will be truly missed. May the Lord help her family and friends through this difficult time.”
- Karen Ryen
Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 9:15 AM
“So many deepest sympathy to all of you. ”
- Nancy and Paul Rydberg
Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 9:15 AM
“I'm so sorry for your loss. Of course, I have so many memories of times spent with Arlene. Not only in the country school, but the youth group at the Arthur EFC. Enjoyed visiting with her when I would get to IG when se worked at Doses . May God give you peace and comfort at this time.”
- Joyce Greer
Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 9:15 AM
“I'm so sorry to hear she passed. She was a wonderful woman. Selena loved her, she would talk about her alot. Prayers to all.”
- Mary Pratt
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