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Arlene Blum Gentz
Arlene Blum Gentz, age 87, of Monroe, went quietly and peacefully in the presence of her children at her home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, June 17, 2009.

She was born August 7, 1921, in Green County, the daughter of Thomas and Erna (Solberger) Blum.

She married Harold Wolfe in Dubuque in June 1938 and Allen Gentz in 1962.

Among those who survive and gratefully shared her life are her two children: Carol Dittmer and friend Jerry Gentz, and Rob Wolfe and wife Beverly; 5 grandchildren: Julie (Rudy) Gerber, David Dittmer and friend Mary Kuehl, Robert (Bonnie) Dittmer, Dawn (Brian) Bischoff and Diane Wolfe and friend Max Luebeck; 6 great-grandchildren, Randy and Timothy Gerber, Amanda and Michael Bischoff, and Justin and Audrey Miller; sister-in-law, Harriet Blum Jones; brother-in-law, Lawrence (Mildred) Wolfe; nieces, Kay (Jerry) Hilfiker, Tracy (Dale) Amacher, Theresa Blum Hinds; nephews, Brian (Chris) Blum and Todd Blum; and a special friend, Sonja Rackow who was always there when Arlene needed her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Tommy and Erna (Solberger) Blum; her brother, Alvin Blum; and her husbands, Harold Wolfe and Allen Gentz.

Arlene was a 50-plus year member of Women of the Moose Chapter #599, a past secretary of Golden Age Club at Behring Senior Center and Women's Relief Auxiliary, and a member of First Baptist Church of Monroe. She owned and operated Wolfe's Stop and Eat Café on Smokey Row for 15 years and was a partner with her son in Wolfe Office Supply for 17 years.

She enjoyed her family, friends, and people in general. Her hobbies included all forms of arts and crafts: scrap booking, ceramics, sewing, crocheting, tatting, quilting, braiding rugs, and knitting. She was an avid reader and fan of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 22, 2009, at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home. Pastor Matthew Spoonhour of First Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be at the Greenwood Cemetery in Monroe.

Friends may call for visitation from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.