Arlene Sivanich

Age 90, passed away peacefully on Sept 19th, 2022, at Three Links Care Center in Northfield, MN. Arlene Doris (Eke) Sivanich was born on May 23rd, 1932 in Ladysmith, WI, to Birger and Susan (Siglin) Eke. She grew up on the family dairy farm near Bruce, WI. She attended the University of MN, earning a BA and an MA in Social Work. After residing in Richmond, VA and Washington DC, she and George moved to Northfield in 1965, where they raised their two sons. Arlene was a homemaker, loving mother and caring grandmother. She extended this caring nature and sense of duty to her volunteer work, whether attending to her duties at St. John's Church or the Northfield Historical Society, working as an election judge, or driving for Meals on Wheels and Project Friendship, she made time for everyone. She remembered everyone's birthdays, and would include personalized messages to card recipients. One thing she particularly enjoyed was writing. She wrote more than 200 published letters to the editors of the StarTribune and Northfield News on a variety of topics, from current events to social commentary as a self proclaimed "kitchen philosopher", most with a touch of humor (and just a touch of opinion). Survivors include her children Dimitri (Daina) of Bloomington and Andrei (Wendy) of Northfield, grandchildren Katherine, Margaret and Teodore, sisters Carol Taylor and Elinor Ekeren, and nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Birger and Susan, sister Beverly, and brothers Elmer and Alan. Memorial service 11:00AM Saturday (10/1/22) at St John's Lutheran Church, 500 W. 3rd St, Nfld. Visitation will begin at 10:00AM. Memorials are preferred to St. John's Lutheran Church or Prairies Edge Humane Society.