Arlene Mary (Rose-Alto) Rixner, age 93 of Embarrass, passed away on her birthday, Monday, October 12, 2015 as a blessing from the Lord at the Appleton Medical Center.
Arlene was born at the Berlin Hospital in Berlin, WI on October 12, 1922 as the daughter of the late Edwin and Margaret (Weeks) Rose. She graduated from Wautoma High School in 1940 and went on to study cosmetology in Milwaukee for two years. Arlene was united in marriage to Arley Alto. The couple had five children and later divorced. Arlene was employed by Walgreens in Oshkosh as a cosmetician while she raised her family in Omro. She then moved to Tuscon, AZ where she continued her career working for Coe Drug. Later, Arlene moved to Denver, CO where she met Alton Rixner while shopping at a furniture store. The couple were united in marriage on May 18, 2000 in Tuscon, AZ. After moving several times, they settled in Clintonville in 2007. Alton preceded Arlene in death on October 26, 2014. Arlene loved her flower gardens, landscaping, enjoyed a challenge, and was fascinated with rocks. She even went as far as to travel to the Foothills to get the perfect rocks for a five foot wall in her backyard. Arlene never lost her sense of humor. She loved her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchild to the moon and back.
Survivors include: her children, Ginger Ann (Wayne) Wedde, Clintonville; Kjordis Christie (Dennis Grake), Appleton and Ronald Alto, Colorado; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandchild; and a sister, Ramona Webster, Atlanta, GA. Arlene was preceded in death by her parents, husband Alton Rixner, son David Alto, and daughter Julie Ann Schry, and a brother-in-law Earl Rixner.
A private family inurnment will take place at the St. Martin Lutheran Cemetery in Clintonville with Rev. Christian Burg officiating. The Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory of Clintonville is assisting her family with the arrangements. www.eberhardtstevenson.com. “Arlene taught her children throughout her life to keep love in their hearts.”