Arlene Wildhaber


Arlene Lucia Wildhaber, 89, Jefferson City, formerly of Argyle, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, at her home in Jefferson City.

She was born June 13, 1930, to Dr. Charles Bernard and Pauline Christine (Vermoilen) Luetkemeyer, at Freeburg.

She was united in marriage to Ralph Herman Wildhaber, Oct. 15, 1949, at Freeburg.

Arlene briefly worked in St. Louis as a housekeeper and at an ice cream shop and later at St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City prior to marriage. Her and Ralph were owner/operators of Wildhaber’s Store in Argyle for nearly 40 years. She later worked in child care, for a drug store in Jefferson City, for Play-Mor Trailers in Westphalia and served as a board member for the city of Argyle. She was a lifetime member of the St. Aloysius Parish in Argyle.

She was preceded in death by parents, Charles and Pauline; husband, Ralph; brothers, Charles “Jack” Luetkemeyer, Francis Luetkemeyer, Rev. Alexander Luetkemeyer, Rev. Alexander Luetkemeyer, Edwin Luetkemeyer and Ambrose Luetkemeyer; sisters, Olivia Luetkemeyer and Rosemary Corrigan; and grandson, Cody Gerard Wilson.

She is survived by children, Thomas Wildhaber and wife Peggy of Argyle, John Wildhaber and Nora Bock and husband Randy, all of Westphalia, Michael Wildhaber and wife Gloria, Dana Wildhaber and wife Darlene and Monica Wilson, all of Jefferson City, Marla Wilson and Randi of Holts Summit, Lisa Wildhaber of Folk and Jeff Wildhaber and wife Kathy of Lohman; sisters, Laurice “Sister Benita” Luetkemeyer of Conception, Paula Ross of Novato, Calif. and Sandy Haller and Pat of Freeburg; sisters-in-law, Julianna Luetkemeyer, Joan Pinkstaff, Marcie Branum and Bernice Schmitz; brothers-in-law, Kenneth Wildhaber and Francis Wildhaber and wife Mary Ann; and 21 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

A mass of Christian burial was celebrated Tuesday, Oct. 29, in St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Argyle, with Rev. Matthew Flatley as celebrant. Interment was in the St. Aloysius Cemetery, Argyle. Memorial contributions suggested to masses or to the St. Aloysius Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund.

Arrangements entrusted to Birmingham-Martin Funeral Home, Vienna.


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