Arlene A. Fansher, age 91, passed away at home under Faith Hospice Care on Thursday April 15, 2021. Born on September 21, 1929, she was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Clara Mendenhall, all five of her siblings; sisters, Mardell Ritter, Ardith Eyer, Karen Binion as well as brothers, Duane Mendenhall and David Mendenhall. Arlene will lovingly be remembered by her children, Dan (Nancy) Fansher, Kathy (Peter) Grimm, Sara (Diane) Fansher, and Julie Holten Hansen, along with her grandchildren, Angela (Franklin) Ballard, Troy (Monica) Clinger, Soren (Birgitta) Holten Hansen, Vicki Holten Hansen, Steven Holten Hansen and Martin Holten Hansen; 10 Great-grandchildren, that put a smile on her face when ever she spoke of them; Ashlie, Mason, Caleb, Peyton, and Paige Clinger, Jadyn, Xander and Diesel Ballard, and Erik and Emma Holten Hansen. She is also survived by two sister-in-law and life long friends, Patsy Fansher and Mary Mendenhall, along with many loving nieces and nephews. She retired from Richmond Indiana Community Schools and moved to Lowell to be closer to her family in 1996. She was a member of the Alpha Chapter Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. While she was still able to be active she volunteered for Lowell Senior Neighbors, Lowell Fine Arts, Friends of the Lowell Library, and Vergennes Co-op Club. She gave of her time and later financial support to all local causes. Arlene moved into Schneider Manor in 2006 and lived there until just recently moving in with her son and being in Faith Hospice Care. The family is so grateful to all the friends that helped fill her life with happiness. She was an avid reader, loved to embroider and knit. Many family and friends have treasures she made them. Per her request there will be a small graveside service to be announced at a later time and interment will be in the family plot with her parents and brother at Castine Cemetery in Ohio. The family welcomes all memories and messages care of Roth-Gerst Funeral Home, 305 N. Hudson, Lowell, MI 49331. Memorial contributions can be made in her name to Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook SE Suite 300, Grand Rapids, MI 49546-5783 or The Lowell Library Branch, 200 N Monroe St, Lowell, MI 49331
My sympathy to you on the passing of Arlene. She was such a sweet lady. I always looked forward to her phone call reminding me of the Vergennes Club meeting. She will be missed.
Your mom always had a smile and kind words. She was a beautiful person on the inside and out. I truly enjoyed getting to know her at the Senior Center. Your family is in my thoughts.