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“You have my deepest sympathy. Arline was always a joy to be around. I remember her as always being good humored and laughed easily. I'm sure she...Read More »
2 of 2 | Posted by: Kathy Keuler Kraus - Appleton, WI

Arline E. Daun ~Arline's life journey ended on July 28, 2012 at her home at the age of 97 on the shore of Lake Winnebago near Stockbridge, Wisconsin. Her journey began with her birth to George & Marlea Schoen on May 22, 1915 on a dairy farm, also on the shore of Lake Winnebago, adjacent to the Stockbridge harbor and the Stockbridge Harbor Bar and dance hall at the time. The very dancehall where on June 6, 1942, the wedding dance was held after her marriage to the love of her life, Edgar Daun, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Stockbridge. This was the same church that Arline was a devoted and faithful member of the congregation, and the Christian Women. Arline was proud to also be a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the VFW Auxiliary for many decades of her life. After marriage, the couple located to the family homestead farm of Edgar's, in the Town of Stockbridge where they operated a dairy farm operation and general insurance agency until their retirement in the early 80's when they relocated to her present home on Lake Winnebago near Mud Creek South of Stockbridge. Edgar preceded her in passing on January 29, 2000. Arline was the role model for the perfect mother, always giving of herself to her children and grandchild. She will be missed more than words can express. Arline embraced life and all its treasures to the upmost; she had many interests and hobbies. Enjoying the wonders of the great outdoors with large flowers and vegetable gardens, especially strawberries, cucumbers, and leaf lettuce for family and friends, sunsets on the beloved Lake Winnebago, observing wildlife with feeding and watching birds, observing and studying the different cloud formations overhead, preparing the farm fields for spring planting with the tractors, baking angel food cakes and schaum tortes, making countless wreaths from natural vines, making paper mache Santa's, and collecting Christmas tree ornaments which were on full display on her perpetual Christmas Tree, flea and farm markets and miniature league bowling at the Stockbridge Harbor Bar for decades. One of her most recent joys was enjoying the kittens playing around her on the spacious deck. She also enjoyed sports like the Packers and Brewers, but most of all fishing. Living on or near the water was always a focal point of Arline's life. She spent countless hours of enjoyment along the banks of Mill Creek which flowed through the pastureland of her childhood home before connecting with Lake Winnebago. There she would use tin cans to capture crayfish, use a bent safety pin to catch fish in the deep pool underneath the overhanging cottonwood tree and later in life, fish for bullheads in the early evening at Mud Creek not knowing at the time that she would spend her twilight years living near it's bank, jig for walleyes on frozen Lake Winnebago and in February, enjoy sturgeon spearing which she proved to be a success at and in late spring cast for schooling white bass off her pier. She was a master at preparing and seasoning her catch which was always a favorite meal to enjoy by family and friends. As Arline lay in restful sleep by the large picture window overlooking the lake in her home the final days of her life the world continued on as usual outside but one that will always be a better place because she was in it. It was in this room that Arline passed away late Saturday afternoon just when a spectacular sunset over the lake filled her room with illumination and as its golden path of light faded into the horizon it appeared Arline's life force went with it to her eternal reward. Arline is in heaven now returning to where she came to us from. Thank God for the irreplaceable gift of her life. Arline can rest assured that no Mother was, or will be, ever loved more. Arline is survived by a son: Richard (Sandra) Daun of Stockbridge, a daughter Kathleen (Tom) Schumacher of Stockbridge, a grandson: William Blackburn and his fiancée Leah Dmohowski of Stockbridge; sister-in-law: Ceil Halbach of Fond du Lac; sister-in-law: Lula Schoen of Stockbridge; along with nieces and nephews. Arline was preceded in death by her beloved husband: Edgar; a brother: Howard Schoen; an infant sister; brother and sister-in-law: Albert & Serena Daun; and a brother-in-law: Percy Halbach. Arline's family would like to express their deepest thanks and appreciation to the various health services in the area which helped her live a long and bountiful life: Calumet County Home Health Care & Hospice, an invaluable asset to the community, especially Chris, Jackie, Bonnie, Amy and all the staff; Dr. Teresa H. Lee, Barb and staff at Affinity Clinic in Appleton & Chilton, Family Foot Clinic in Chilton with Dr. Ian Furness, and Jean & Linda; Dr. Peter Ackell and staff Karen, Beth, Roxann and all the staff at Appleton Heart Institute in Appleton; Dr. Alan and staff at Affinity Gastroenterology at Midway Road Clinic in Menasha; Dr. Veach, Kim and Staff at Valley Urologic Associates of Appleton, and the doctors, nurses and staff at the Appleton Medical Center of Appleton, WI. Funeral services will be at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Stockbridge with the Rev. Timothy Brandt officiating. Burial will follow in the Parish Cemetery. Friends may call at the church from 9:30 AM until 11:45 AM on Wednesday, August 1, 2012. Arline will live in our hearts forever, never fading from memory. The darkest hour is just before dawn.