Arlene Poppe, 96, of Montevideo, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, at CCM Health in Montevideo.
Funeral services will be Saturday, Sept. 14, at Anderson-TeBeest Funeral Home in Montevideo, with the Rev. Marie Eckberg officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be held on Friday, Sept. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Anderson-TeBeest Funeral Home with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home.
Arlene Judith Poppe was born in Big Bend Township, Sept. 11, 1922, to Edward and Agnes (Angrimson) Erickson. She was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church. She attended Milan High School and graduated in 1941. Following high school she attended Normal training at Windom College in Montevideo. She taught country school at District 11 north of Montevideo and District 10 south of Montevideo. She was united in marriage to Lee Warren Poppe at Immanuel Lutheran Church on Aug. 22, 1948. She started as a Title one teacher at Ramsey in 1967 until 1977 and then continued to substitute teach until retirement in 1986.
Arlene was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Montevideo. She taught Sunday School for over 30 years, was the co-chairperson with Arlene Ripley of the WELCA group and sang in the Ladies Choir. She enjoyed music and was blessed with the gift to sing and play music. She played the piano, organ, and accordion. She would also sing for funerals and other special events. Her other hobbies included, cooking, baking — especially making lefse, dancing and listening to the radio. She would sit with the radio on and read a good book. She also had some artistic talent with drawing and dabbled in some paintings; even one of the farm, where she spent her whole married life. She had a great love for animals; especially dogs and kittens. Her family will always remember her for her contagious smile and her love for her grandson and great-grandsons and spending time visiting with family and friends.
Arlene is survived by her son, Greg (and LeeAnna) Poppe, of Monetvideo; grandson, Lee (and Stephanie) Poppe, of Wyndmere, N.D.; three great-grandsons, Klay, Garrett and Quinn; sister, Loretta Lange, of Montevideo; as well as nieces and nephews and extended family and friends.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Lee Warren (1996); and siblings, Verna Norby, Ruth Torgerson, Albert Erickson and Leona Frank.
Anderson-TeBeest Funeral Home, of Montevideo, is in charge of the arrangements. (online guest book at