Arlene Haskins, loving wife for 66 and a half years of Ernest Haskins, passed away peacefully in her sleep on March 9, 2023, at Maple Ridge Care Center in Spooner, WI. She endured years with the progression of dementia and other health complications.
Arlene was born August 7, 1937 at her family home along Pierce Rd, west of Solon Springs, to Lawrence and Verna (nee Simonsen) Bednar. Arlene graduated from St. Croix High School in Solon Springs in 1955. She lived in Superior, WI shortly before marrying her childhood sweetheart, Ernie, on October 27, 1956, at the Presbyterian Church and residing in Solon Springs since 1961.
She is survived by her husband, Ernie; their children, Tim (Bernice) Haskins, Karen Stegman, Jill (Marty) Schaaf, and Jack Haskins; sister, Janet (Tom) Krenz; grandchildren, Adam Stegman, Amanda (Lee) Linden, Daniel (Anna) Haskins, Leeland (Chelse) Stegman, Matthew (Jasmine) Haskins, Zach (Dani) Schaaf, Austin Haskins, and (verbally adopted) Samantha Bruss niece of Marty and Jill; great grandchildren, Amelie, Matilin, Noah, Paisley, Addison, Parker, Sawyer, Harlow, Kaesyn, Kylee, Linkyn, Landyn, Kayleigh, Easton, and Cayley; and nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Verna Bednar, and brother, Marvin Bednar.
Arlene enjoyed her family the most in everything she did. She was adamant in raising her family by the “Golden Rule”. She enjoyed visiting with family, friends, and always including everyone she met and would offer a cup of coffee and conversation to everyone. She always had a camera in reach to capture moments ever since she was a young girl. In high school she was a photographer for the school yearbook, a member of the Twirling Squad, largely involved in the community, and helped anyone in need. Arlene loved life, flowers, camping, traveling, gardening, and going everywhere with Ernie. They were self-employed most of their lives together at Haskins Blacktop and Construction.
A celebration of life will be held April 8, 2023, at 1:30 PM at the Bennett Town Hall – County Rd L and Hwy 53. Visitation will be one hour prior. Officiating is Duane Aslyn, music by Cousin Laurie Thorssen, and luncheon with plenty of coffee while sharing memories.
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