Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Belva Arnold of Elysian died Sunday, April 3, 2011, at Pathstone Living in Mankato. She was 92.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 9, at St. Ann Catholic Church in Janesville with Fr. Peter Klein, Celebrant. The Arnold Family will greet family and friends at the visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Arnoldt-McRaith Funeral Home & Crematory in Janesville, and will continue on Saturday morning for one hour prior to services at church in Janesville. Further visitation will be held after 3 p.m. Saturday at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Kimball, concluding with prayers led by Fr. Tom Olson at 4 p.m. and burial at St. Anne's Catholic Cemetery in Kimball.
Belva Christine Arnold was born on May 16, 1918, to John and Cora (Blair) Stelten in rural Kimball. She graduated from Kimball High School and St. Cloud Business College. She began work at Kimball State Bank. On Oct. 20, 1942, she married Cyril J. Arnold of Clear Lake, Minn. They lived in Kimball until Cyril was called to military service. Belva was fortunate to be with her husband while in various places he was assigned. She worked various jobs at the Medford, Ore. Bank, also for Western Union, U.S. National Bank in Corvallis, Ore., and at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, Aberdeen, Md. in the finance department. After the war, they returned to Kimball and lived there until 1954. That same year they moved to Janesville, Minn., and lived there until 1991 when they moved to Elysian, Minn. to live on Lake Francis.
Belva was a member and officer of Kimball American Legion Auxiliary, PTA, St. Anne's Catholic Church in Kimball, and St. Ann Catholic Church in Janesville, and the Winona Council of Catholic Women.
She enjoyed collecting and refinishing antiques, doing needlepoint, playing cards, and all kinds of music and dancing. She, with her husband, enjoyed 25 years wintering in Texas where they made many dear friends. Recent winters were spent in California with daughter Barbara and her family. Family and friends knew Belva for her excellent baking, especially chocolate chip cookies and lemon pie. She had a delightful sense of humor and ready smile.
Belva was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Cyril (2002); her brothers Wilfred, Vern, Ervin, Robert, Lester, Frank and Norbert, and her sisters Nellie Stelten, Leona Hess and Isabel Edwards. Also preceding her in death are many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She is survived by her children Gary (and Charleen) Arnold, Dick (and Carol) Arnold all of Waseca, David (and Mary Beth) Arnold of North Mankato, and Barbara (and Bill) Palmer of Granite Bay, Calif. Belva has 11 grandchildren, Nathan (and Amber) Arnold, Nicholas (and Shannon) Arnold, Molly Arnold, Megan (and Kevin) Wright, Betsy (and Kevin) Bahn, John Arnold and fiance Sarah Motl, Jacob Arnold, Joshua Arnold, Matthew Arnold, Jennifer Palmer and Mark (and Meaghan) Palmer. Belva has eight great-grandchildren Alexis, Brody, Lauren, Mackenzie, Carson, Spencer, Mason and Molly.
Arrangements were by Arnoldt-McRaith Funeral Home of Janesville.