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Arlene DeMaranville

Arlene DeMaranville, age 86, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, June 4, 2011, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.

Funeral Services will be held 10:30 A.M. Thursday, June 9th at the Aurora United Methodist Church. Rev. Mary Scott will officiate. Interment will be in Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 P.M. Wednesday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.


Arlene Nora DeMaranville, the daughter of Herman and Elnora (Reichart) Ross, was born at Stockham, Nebraska on December 29, 1924 and died in Grand Island, Nebraska on June 4, 2011, at the age of 86.

Arlene graduated from Stockham High School in 1942. She then moved to Aurora and worked as a telephone operator.

Arlene married Eugene ‘Gene’ DeMaranville on April 20, 1945 in Stockham at her parents’ home. They lived in Aurora their entire married life. Gene and Arlene co-owned the local Brandeis Store for 26 years. She helped Gene with his many lock smithing jobs. Gene passed away on November 14, 1999. Arlene then worked part-time at Aurora High School for 10 years retiring in 2009.

She enjoyed her rose garden, traveling and being with family. She belonged to the Saddle Club, Platte Duetsche and the Liederkranz.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; son, David DeMaranville, sister, Maxine Dunham and brother, Kenneth Ross.

Those left to cherish her memory are her two sons, Rod of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and Dick (Karen) of Lake Wylie, South Carolina; daughter, Barb (Jerry) Bohnart of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; 6 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; brother, Gene (Betty) Ross of Georgia and sister-in-law, Lola Ross of Seward.

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