Oct. 9, 1917 Packwaukee Marquette County Wisconsin, USA
Apr. 8, 2007 Oregon Dane County Wisconsin, USA
MADISON - Adaline Lois Ahrensmeyer, age 89, passed away from natural causes on Sunday, April 8, 2007, at the Main Street Quarter Assisted Living Home in Oregon. She was born on a farm in Packwaukee, on Oct. 9, 1917, daughter of Richard and Sara (Dye) Klinke.
Adaline loved school and enjoyed being in operettas at Madison East High School. She was an LPN during World War II and then completed two years of business college. Adaline married Arlow Ahrensmeyer in 1944 and they were long time Monona residents. Arlow operated Ahrensmeyer's Grocery on Monona Drive. He preceded her in death in 1989. Adaline worked for the state of Wisconsin and Monona Grove High School as the first secretary. Adaline and Arlow were charter members of St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, Monona, where she was the church secretary, sang in the choir and was president of the Women's Circle for many years. In 1964, they moved to Sarona, and operated Crows Nest Resort, along with other family members until 1973. She was an avid golfer, bowler, and fisherwoman. Adaline loved to read and teach her grandchildren about the nature of the north woods. They then traveled throughout the west and settled in Prescott, Ariz. for ten years, where she started a new career as an ophthalmologist assistant. They moved to Palm Desert, Calif. in 1985, to be near their daughter and enjoy the sunshine and golf of the beautiful California desert. There Adaline sang in a local musical group and performed in many productions at Palm Desert Greens. She was extremely active as a volunteer at Hope Lutheran Church and Carlotta Senior Home in Palm Desert, where she cared for her mother for many years. In 1988, Adaline returned to Wisconsin for her "second" retirement and enjoyed living near her many friends and family members in Madison and the McFarland area.
Adaline is survived by her daughter, Sharon (Dennis) Eley of Madison; two grandchildren, Jessica Pauley of Irvine, Calif. and Christopher Pauley of Chico, Calif.; two step-grandchildren, Deana (Reed) Foster of Cottage Grove, and Andrew (Jennifer) Eley of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; two great-granddaughters, Lily and Taylor Foster; and many nieces and nephews, who she was very close to and loved dearly.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Maurice and Douglas Klinke; and two sisters-in-law, Trudy and Grace Klinke.