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Arlene Hermsmeier Newkirk

August 2, 1922 ~ March 3, 2014 (age 91)

   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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