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Donna Arne 10/11/2020

Donna Arne 10/11/2020

Donna Jean Arne, age 86, of River Falls passed away on Sunday, October 11, 2020 at her home.  She grew up in Beldenville, WI and graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1952.  Donna worked at St. Paul Fire & Marine for many years, where she met her future husband, Don, through a friend.  After dating and marrying, the couple both took jobs at UW-River Falls.  Donna worked there for 35 years, during this time she suffered the sudden loss of her beloved Don.  She retired in 1997 and in retirement, she enjoyed numerous places of travel and connections with many friends. Donna is preceded in death by her husband, Don; parents, Melvin and Olga Phernetton; her in-laws, Earl and Martha Arne.  She is survived by her two children, Steven Arne and Cheryl Arne. No formal services will be held.  Donna’s family would be honored if you remember her as a kind, loving and endearing soul.  And memories of Donna’s smile, laugh and wonderful sense of humor be with you all.  Her family would like to extend their appreciation to Adoray Hospice for their excellent care during these last weeks, and special thanks to Jen for her kindness, loving care and laughs she shared with Donna.  Memorials may be directed to Donna’s family and will be contributed to the Donna Arne Scholarship at UW-River Falls.  Cards and condolences can be mailed to: Bakken-Young Funeral Home c/o Donna Arne Family.  P.O. Box 431 River Falls, WI 54022.

“He reached his hand out.” “She felt his warm touch again.” “He carried her home.”



  • Kristin Lugo Posted October 17, 2020 4:02 pm

    Steve an Cherie, your mom Mrs. Arne was a Gem she was my Mom Virginia McKahans Friend an Partner in Crime, they Traveled together, went Camping, Dancing, Drinking, Eating an enjoyed each others company. I know she’ll be missed here on Earth, but she’s making her Spirit Family & Friends Happy she could join them. Get The Party Started an Keep Dancing. Love You Bunches

  • Kerry Nelson Posted October 24, 2020 6:26 am

    To my classmate, Steve Arne, my deepest sympathy for the loss of your mom. And that is extended to your sister too.

  • Mary V Finkelson Posted October 28, 2020 9:45 pm

    So sorry for your loss! She will be missed!

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