Arlene Hermsmeier Newkirk

Born: Wed., Aug. 2, 1922
Died: Mon., Mar. 3, 2014


1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Fri., Mar. 07, 2014
Location: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home

Graveside Service

3:30 PM Fri., Mar. 07, 2014
Location: Payson New Cemetery

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   Mrs. Arlene M. Hermsmeier Newkirk, 91, of Payson, died at 11:21 a.m. Monday (March 3, 2014) in Blessing Hospital.

   Born August 2, 1922 in Payson, IL, she was the daughter of George and Katherine Ungerbuehler Reinebach. She first married Carl D. Hermsmeier in 1946 in Honolulu, HI.  He preceded her in death.  She married J.C. Newkirk on October 20, 1979.  He preceded her in death on October 26, 2013.

   Arlene was a graduate of Payson Seymour High School. In her youth she played in the Pepsi Industrial Softball League. She coached her son's Little League baseball team, pitched horseshoes, and participated in league bowling. She was an avid St. Louis Cardinal Baseball fan.

   During World War II, Arlene worked at an ammunition plant in Denver, CO.  She then worked at Motorola in Quincy until it's closing and then went to work at Good Samaritan Home for several years until her retirement. As a working mom, she raised her three children on her own and saw them all graduate from the University of Illinois.

   Survivors include two daughters, Ruth Ann Yehle of Milwaukee, WI and Marilyn Hermsmeier (Roy Haber) of Quincy; one son, Bill Hermsmeier of Payson; one sister, Katherine Blevins of East Carbon, UT; two step-daughters, Del Konopka (Rick) of Ankeny, IA and Orinda Prell of Columbia, MO; one step-son, Odell Newkirk (Debbie) of Columbia, MO; three grandchildren, Luke Pogue (Colleen) of Normal, IL, Nathan Yehle of Madison, WI and Michael Yehle of West Hartford, CN; three step-grandchildren, Sara Konopka of Sunnyvale, CA, Matt Konopka of Monterey, CA and Brian Newkirk of St. Peters, MO; four great grandchildren, Clara Pogue, Julia Pogue, Lucia Pogue and Bella Pogue. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, Harold, Floyd, Lester, Lewis and Marion and one sister, Emily O'Banion.
   Visitation will be held Friday afternoon from 1:00 until 3:00 at the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home in Quincy.  Immediately following the visitation a graveside service will be held in the Payson New Cemetery.

   Memorials may be made to the Payson New Cemetery.

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Katy O'Banion
   Posted Tue March 04, 2014
I want to offer my deepest sympathy to all who loved Arlene. She meant the world to my mother, Emily O'Banion, who missed her greatly when they could no longer talk on the phone. I have many fond memories of her when I was a young child.

Don Benz
   Posted Wed March 05, 2014
Marilyn, sorry to hear about your Mom - I wish you peace

Richard & Fern Heitholt
   Posted Wed March 05, 2014
Dear Marilyn, Ruth Ann, Bill and Katherine:
We are grateful for the wonderful long life of your mother and sister, Arlene. It was always fun to go to our close relatives, the Reinebachs, east of Payson.There were. always athletic games to be played with the girls as good as the boys. It is unfortunate that athletics for girls in high school was so late in coming because Arlene would have been a star.
We hope your own important memories and God's Blessings will combine to bring you comfort as you continue to honor her life.

Tom O'Banion
   Posted Thu March 06, 2014
Dear Ruth Ann, Marilyn, & Bill- I'm so sorry to hear of your loss, but glad "Aunt Arlene" is now at peace. I have many fond memories of her and appreciate how nice she always was to me and our family. I remember her and our mom Emily listening to Cardinals baseball on the radio with great focus. "Arlie" was a key link to mom's Illinois life and she talked of her frequently. It was a great loss when Arlie lost her ability to communicate.

She made a very nice life with JC, and we enjoyed visiting them.

My thoughts are with you...


Linda O'Banion
   Posted Thu March 06, 2014
Dear Ruth, Marilyn, Bill and Katherine,
My thoughts and sympathies are with you at this difficult time. I have many wonderful memories of my aunt Arlene, and especially treasure the memories of how much she meant to my mother. They were both sisters and best friends though out their long lives. May your memories of here comfort you.

Carolyn Haber
   Posted Thu March 06, 2014
Dear Marilyn,
The loss you're feeling are shared by others. The memory of your Mom will never be forgotten.
With Heartfelt Sympathy.

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