Arlene Ione Luoto, the daughter of the late August M. and Inga L. (Hushagen) Swenson, was born on April 1, 1923, near Erskine, MN. She was raised in the Erskine area and on the family farm near Newfolden, MN and was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and graduated from Newfolden High School, Class of 1942.
Arlene served her country during the WWII, proudly manufacturing ailerons for A-20 bombers at the Douglas Aircraft Company in San Diego, CA. She was united in marriage to Richard A. Luoto on July 7, 1945, at Middle River. They lived in Longview, WA., where they had a daughter who died in infancy, and a son, Alan. The family moved to Minneapolis where a son, Randall, was born on 1953. They then moved to the Luoto family farm in Spruce Valley Township, southeast of Middle River, engaged in cattle farming until they retired in 1992, and later moved to Thief River Falls, and Proctor, MN.
Arlene was employed for many years as bookkeeper at the Middle River Cooperative Oil Assc., and was a former Tupperware representative. She was a member and participant in several First Lutheran Church groups, the Holt Happy Homemakers Club, and the Ringbo 4-H Club. She participated in many area vocal groups and was a vocalist for wedding and countless funerals. She was always busy as a custom seamstress, crafting, canning and baking, and passed down her knack for making the world’s best gravy.
Arlene passed away at the Thief River Care Center on Thur. evening, Sept. 3, 2009, at the age of 86 years, 5 months and 2 days.
She is survived by one son, Alan, of Thief River Falls; six grandchildren: Jennifer Amundson, Nashville, TN.; Christian Luoto, Richfield, MN.; Meegan (Kevin) Holubar, of Richfield; and Cameron, Marnie and Piper Luoto, all of Thief River Falls; three great-grandchildren: Lindsey and Jasmine, of Duluth, and Austin, of Nashville; two brothers: Kenneth, of Plano, TX. And Loren (Angeline), of Proctor, MN.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law: John and Evelyn Luoto, Thief River Falls; sisters-in-law: Sylvia (Robert) Clark, Colusa, CA. and Elaine Luoto, Roseau, MN.; many nieces, nephews, and a special “sister”, Violet Carruthers, of Minneapolis.
Arlene was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a daughter in infancy, a son: Randall, and a brother: Paul.
[Interred Finnish Lutheran cemetery]
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