Arlene Wirth, age 96, of Ames, formerly of La Fayette Township in Story County, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, at the Windsor Manor in Nevada.


A Funeral Mass was held Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 10 a.m. at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Ames with Rev. James Secora officiating. Burial was in the St’s. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery, northwest of Gilbert. Friends called on Monday, Nov. 19, at the church in Ames from 5 to 7 p.m. Visitation continued on Monday at the church from 9 a.m. until service time.


Arlene Viola (Miller) Wirth was born in Vernon Township in Humboldt County on Aug. 26, 1922, the daughter of Magnus and Ellen (Wike) Miller. She attended school in Humboldt County. On Jan. 5, 1942, she married Edward “Bud” Wirth at St.’s Peter and Paul Catholic Church, rural Gilbert, to this union nine children were born. She was a homemaker for her family, and helped on the family farm. Arlene and Bud moved to Roland in 1978 and then to Ames in 2001. Arlene was an excellent seamstress and enjoyed playing cards.


Arlene was preceded in death by her husband, Edward “Bud” Wirth and her parents. She is survived by her five sons, Robert Wirth and wife, Judy, of Gilbert, David Wirth and wife, Denise, of Ames, Steve Wirth and wife, Barb, of rural Gilbert, and Paul Wirth and wife, Kim, and Phillip Wirth and wife, Karen, all of rural Story City; four daughters Mary Hanson and husband, Tim, Sue Berg and husband, Terry, and Joan Wirth, all of Ames, and Jean Grady of Radcliffe; 26 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.


The family requests that no monetary donations be given. Flowers will be accepted.


Condolences may be left for the family at schroedermemorialchapel.com.


The Schroeder-Reimers Memorial Chapel at Sixth and Marshall in Boone are in charge of arrangements.