Died: August 2010
Luft, Arline M. (Wilkens), 88 years, died in August. She is survived by her three sons; Wayne (Linda), Calvin (Nola), and Keith (Ruth) Luft. She also has eight grandchildren; Cindy (Russ), Tim (Amy), Becky, Rob, Jonathon, David, Stephanie, and Jim and three great grandsons, Justin, Peter, and Dylan, her sister, Leona Scheunemann and three sister-in-laws; Dorothy Luft, Adeline Wilkens, and Esther Wilkens.
Arline was born to Otto and Augusta (Nitzsche) Wilkens and was the first girl born on the Wilkens homestead farm founded in 1845. She was a life member of her church, attended school there, and was a member of the Ladies Aid.
She married Waldemar Luft in 1945 and they were the fourth generation to farm the Luft family homestead until they retired in 1983. Her parents and her loving husband, Waldemar preceded her in death, as did two of her brothers, Elmer and Arthur Wilkens.
Arline enjoyed flowers and gardening. She will be deeply missed by her family, relatives, and her many friends.
Listed on pages 110, 146, and 174 of the History and Family Tree of the Friedrich Seidemann Family shows both her and her husband’s connections to the Seidemann Family. Her 5th generation genealogy line list as follows: Friedrich, Traugott, Emma, Otto, Arline.