March 31, 1914 – June 10, 2013
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Hazel Lila Arlene Deaner was born in Scandia to Anton And Clara Peterson on March 31, 1914. She married Theodore (Ted) Deaner, Sr., and then had a son on Jan. 23, 1936, Theodore (Teddy) Deaner, Jr. Arlene contracted polio and during her long stay in the hospital she had the opportunity to meet Sister Elizabeth Kenney, enjoyed a long talk with Rosalind Russell and then had her picture taken with the actress. A quotation attributed to Russell aptly describes Arlene, “Taking joy in living is a woman’s best cosmetic.” Arlene never felt the need to be fancy or put on airs. She was who she was — kind, caring, generous, loving and always quick with a joke. Arlene found beauty and happiness in the little things in life that many people miss. She loved to hear the songbirds sing, to hear the cat in her lap purr as she would stroke its soft fur, baked cookies and made raspberry pies, spoiled her grandchildren and spent time with family and friends. She took pleasure in simplicity. Arlene moved into Charter House Dec. 4, 2003, in Rochester, Minn. Arlene was preceded in death by her husband, Ted Deaner Sr.; parents, Anton and Clara Peterson; brother, Carl Peterson; sister, Myrtle Paul, and daughter-in-law, Janet (Helfand) Deaner. Arlene is survived by her son, Ted Deaner Jr.; grandson, Hugh Deaner; granddaughter, Anne Deaner; Anne’s husband, Morris Zimmerman, and great-grandson, Eli Zimmerman.