Manassas, Va. - Enod Donelda (Donnie) Arne died peacefully in her sleep at the home of her grandson, Arion J. Arne, in Manassas, Virginia on June 22, 2014 following a long struggle with stroke and age.
Funeral services will be held at St. Pauli Lutheran Church in rural Thief River Fall at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 12.
Enod was born in rural Pennington County, to Owen and Loretta Weckwerth on February 5th, 1926 and was 88 years of age.
Donnie graduated at Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls, as salutatorian in 1944. After graduation, she worked in the defense industries in the Minneapolis area until the end of World War II. Returning to Thief River Falls at war’s end she married Irvin M. Arne and they farmed until Irvin was recalled to the military in June of 1950 for Korea.
From that time on they were a military family as they had decided to make a career of military service. Over the years, this service would take the family from one military posting to another until Irvin’s retirement at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks Alaska, in 1966. It is there that the family settled. In Alaska, Donnie made a career as a skilled credit manager, first for Sears Roebuck and then 21 years for the City Of Fairbanks Municipal Utilities System.
Donnie was preceded in death by her husband Irvin (1977), her daughter Lynnell (1991).
Donnie is survived by her son, Alan Arne of Phoenix, Ariz., her grandson, Arion Arne and daughter-in-law Christine Arne of Manassas, Va., her granddaughter Tracey Williams-Walker of El Paso, Texas and five great-grandchildren, Chelsea Arne of Connecticut, Liam Arne of Virginia, Jordan Williams-Walker of Texas, Levi Williams-Walker of Texas and Cari Shipp-Kramer of Virginia.
She is also survived by her brother Alan Weckwerth of Kansas City, Kan., and numerous nieces, nephews and their children.
Donnie was very well loved within her family and with those she knew throughout her life and will be missed by all.