In Memory of

Arlene D. Cedar

December 26, 1933 - February 11, 2015
Arlene Dorothy Cedar was born on December 26, 1933, in Cleghorn, IA, to Lester and Grace (Gilbert) Kirchoff. Her family lived in the Cleghorn area, and she graduated from Cleghorn High School in 1951. She worked at Central Trust & Savings Bank in Cherokee before starting her family. She married Richard Cedar on September 10, 1955, at the Peace Lutheran Church in Marcus, IA. Arlene was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She worked hand in hand with her husband, building their family business. She enjoyed reading, tending to her flowers, feeding her favorite birds, and being a homemaker. One of her favorite pastimes was talking with family and friends on the phone. She loved traveling with her husband and friends. Her greatest joys in life were her family--attending their events and taking great pride in their accomplishments. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee. Arlene passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at the age of 81. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Grace Kirchoff; her husband, Richard, in 2009; a brother, Virgil Kirchoff, and sister, Alice Cedar; sister-in-law, Ruby Wester, and brothers-in-law, Vernon Wester, Maynard Cedar and Leonard Cedar. Survivors include one daughter, Lori and her husband, Charles 'Dude' Ganger III, of Cherokee, and three sons, Lance Cedar of Cherokee, Kevin Cedar of Larrabee, and Randy Cedar and his wife, Karin of Cherokee; her grandchildren, Ann (Cory Wolterman, Alecia Rapp, Kate Ganger, Charles Ganger IV, Jessica (Philip)Bieber; great-grandchildren, Emma and Caleb Wolterman, and Madison and Noah Rapp; Aunt Dorothy Clow; other relatives and a host of friends, including a special friend, Annette Meyer. In honoring and celebrating her life today, we find our peace and joy in knowing that Mom and Dad are celebrating their 56th Valentine's Day together after six years apart.
Services for Arlene will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 14th at Trinity Lutheran Church, 230 N. Roosevelt Ave. in Cherokee.
Pastor Jon Riggert
Caleb Wolterman Charlie Ganger Cory Wolterman Philip Bieber Allan Cedar Brian Cedar Noah Rapp
Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 13th, with the family present from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Organist-Betty Koehlmoos Soloist-Jim Thomson "Amazing Grace" "Home Where I Belong" "Jesus Loves Me"
Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. prior to the service on Saturday, at Liberty Township Cemetery in rural Meriden.


Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Our thoughts are with the Cedar family at this time of loss. Losing a parent is losing part of your history, and no matter how long you have them, it is a sad loss. Our sympathy.
- Ruth and Hank Hayes
Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“I am so sorry to hear of Arlene's passing, she was such a beautiful lady. I know she will be missed by many, so sorry for your loss.”
- Patt Hultman
Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry for the loss of your mom Lori. May you find comfort in all your memories of her.”
- Pam (Boyd) Nielsen
Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Thinking of the Cedar family in your time of loss. May you be comforted by all of the wonderful memories of times you shared with your Mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
- Dana (File) Kies
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