Arlene Marie Johnson Lindskoog was born in May 1919 to Arthur and Lillie (Gustafson) Johnson in Albert City, Iowa and went to be with her Lord on March 15, 2011 at Emanuel Medical Center. Growing up on a farm in those years meant everyone was expected to share with the variety of jobs to be done, and Arlene was part of the team. She received her education in the local schools, graduating from Albert City High School in 1936. Right after Christmas in 1936, she and her sister Leora traveled to Turlock with the Emil Wenell family. They were invited to the Enoch Lindskoog home as they were friends of Arlene’s parents in Iowa. There she met Wallace Lindskoog. After a few weeks visiting with other relatives in Turlock and Oakland, she and her sister returned to Iowa.
Early in 1937, she returned to Turlock where she worked briefly as a live-in housekeeper for a few families. She and Wallace Lindskoog were married in December 1939 in the Evangelical Covenant Church in Albert City, Iowa. They returned to Turlock where Wallace owned the Arlinda Dairy and raised turkeys. Five years later they expanded into the turkey hatchery business.
Wallace served on the boards of the Covenant denomination and North Park College, and together they made many trips to headquarters in Chicago. They also traveled to several countries over the years. Arlene was an active member of the Beulah Covenant Church (now Turlock Covenant). In later years, the two of them spent many winters in Florida and Southern California, and 10 years ago they moved into Covenant Village in Turlock.
Arlene is survived by children, Stanley (Barbara) Lindskoog of Murphys, Ruth (Dick) Halverstadt of LaCanada, Wade Lindskoog of Kamiah, Idaho and Mark Lindskoog of Turlock; grandchildren, Wendelin, Joan, Jee-in, Han-Sol, Lori, Christi, Monica and Gena; 15 great grandchildren; sisters, Alveda Johnson and Geneva (Del) Ahlberg, both of Turlock; sisters-in-law, Elaine Johnson of Turlock and Florence Johnson of Albert City, Iowa; and brother-in-law, John Lindskoog and sister-in-law, Fern Swanson, both of Turlock. Arlene was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace; parents, Arthur and Lillie Johnson; sister, Leora Johnson; and brothers, Reuben and Eldon Johnson. She was loved by all and will be dearly missed.
A visitation will be held from noon to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23 and 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 24 at Allen Mortuary. A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 24 at Covenant Village – Berg Hall, 2125 N. Olive Ave., Turlock. A private burial will be at Turlock Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to Covenant Village Benevolent Fund, Turlock Covenant Church or a donation to the charity of your choice.
Allen Mortuary is in charge of arrangements; please share your memories at www.allenmortuary.com.