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Arlene D. McDermott

August 5, 1928 — December 26, 2023

LeMars, IA

Arlene Deloris Goebel was born August 5, 1928, the 6th child to John and Martha 
(Bernard) Goebel. She grew up on the family farm south of Granville, IA, graduating in 
1946 from St. Joseph Catholic School in Granville, IA. On June 2, 1951, she married 
Lawrence McDermott of Kingsley, IA. They farmed north of Kingsley for many years 
raising their family. In 2001 they received the Century Farm Award at the Iowa State 
Fair. Arlene was known to be a hardworking mother and wife, milking cows, raising 
chickens, driving the school bus, gardening, canning, baking bread and pies. She was 
a huge supporter of her children and grandchildren’s sporting events. After her 
children were raised she worked several years as a nurse’s aide at the Villa in 
Cherokee, IA. She was an avid Cyclone and Hawkeye fan. Many times she would 
watch sporting events on 2 TVs and listen to the radio of another sporting event, 
along with her sports illustrated magazine all at the same time! She also loved to play 
bingo and tripoly. 
After the death of her husband, Lawrence in December of 2006, she remained on the 
farm until October of 2014. She then moved into Kingsley, IA. In October of 2018, she 
moved to Park Place Estate Assisted Living in LeMars, a place she thoroughly enjoyed.
Survivors include her children and in-laws, Michael McDermott of Granville, IA, 
Marcene (Don) Kreber of Paullina, IA, Laura (Keith) Cornelius of Council Bluffs, IA, 
Janet (Gene) Mouser of Groveport, OH, Kathleen (John) Staab, Mary (Jerry) Gloden 
both of LeMars, IA, and Judy (Cary) Wagoner of Holstein, IA, daughter-in-law, Beth 
(Rodney) Ebert of Marcus, IA, 20 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren with one on 
the way, brother, Gerald Goebel of Granville, IA, sister, Mary Murphy of Cherokee, IA, 
and a sister-in-law, Roseann Goebel of Worthington, MN and numerous nieces and 
nephews.
Arlene was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence, two sons;, Gerald in 2006 
and Marvin in 2017, her parents, sisters; Joan (Ray) Loutsch, Vivian (Pete) Homan; 
brothers; Magnus (Leona) Goebel, Linus (Mildred) Goebel, Odilo (Angeline) Goebel, 
Firman Goebel and Ivan Goebel, brother-n-law, Thomas Murphy and sister-in-laws: 
Mary Ann Goebel and Frances (Harlan) Steffe.
The family of Arlene would like to thank the staff at Park Place Estates and Floyd Valley 
Healthcare for her care over the years

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Visitation

Tuesday, January 2, 2024

9:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

St. Michael Catholic Church

208 Brandon St, Kingsley, IA 51028

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Mass of Christian Burial

Tuesday, January 2, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

St. Michael Catholic Church

208 Brandon St, Kingsley, IA 51028

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Burial

Tuesday, January 2, 2024

12:15 - 12:45 pm (Central time)

St. Michael Catholic Cemetery

330 th St. and L14, Kingsley, IA 51028

fellowship and lunch to follow burial at Rohde Funeral Home (101 W 2nd St.)

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