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Arline M. Hoenecke

02/24/1929 - 01/08/2021
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Arline M. Hoenecke, faithful servant, age 91, died January 8, 2021.

Arline was born February 24, 1929, to Lester F. and Marie (Westbye) Whitefoot in Columbus, Wisconsin. Arline graduated from Madison East High School in 1946. While in high school, she served in the Jr. Red Cross program during World War II. Arline attended Dr. Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minnesota to become a Christian Day School teacher where she met John G. Hoenecke, who was serving as a teacher at the college. She taught at St. John’s Lutheran School in Jefferson, Wisconsin.

On June 18, 1950, Arline married Rev. John Hoenecke at Eastside Ev. Lutheran Church in Madison, Wisconsin. Their first call was to start a new WELS mission congregation in Ishpeming, Michigan. In 1951, they moved to Bloomington, Minnesota where they started their family and Bloomington Lutheran Church & School. Arline served as a Christian Day School teacher and church organist.

In the fall of 1969, Rev. Hoenecke was called to St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church, Winneconne, WI. Even after Rev. Hoenecke’s death in 1982, Arline continued to serve St. Paul’s in a variety of roles: organist, Sunday School principal, choir director, confirmation class teacher, church custodian, and president of the Ladies’ Aid Society. She was also longtime president of the local A.A.L. (Thrivent) chapter and organized many fundraising efforts.

Throughout her life, Arline taught piano lessons to hundreds of students. It gave her great enjoyment and she especially loved teaching the younger beginning students. She served as an election poll worker for many years. Arline was a longtime member of the Winneconne Historical Society and served as president for many years. She loved organizing tours and sharing stories with visitors. 

Arline enjoyed travel with her family. In earlier years, she visited many national parks and historic sites throughout the U.S.  She travelled to Europe several times touring the UK, Ireland, Germany and Austria. In her later years, she loved family gatherings during the holidays and at the family cottage on Lake Puckaway.

Arline looked forward and appreciated all the phone conversations she received from family and friends. She was an avid fan of all Wisconsin sports and enjoyed watching the Packers, Badgers and Brewers. Her spiritual life was enriched by visits with Pastor Albrecht and the TV ministry—Time of Grace. 

Arline is survived by her four sons: David, Jonathan, Mark (Joan), and Joel; five grandchildren: Faith (Owen) Hoenecke, Luke (Andrea) Hoenecke, Rachel (Jeff) Maurer, Emma Hoenecke, and Claire Hoenecke; three great-grandchildren: Sonora and Wesley Maurer and Ruth Hoenecke. She is also survived by her sister, Sharon McDowell, sisters-in-law, Wilma Whitefoot and Deborah Hoenecke; and brother-in-law, Charles Sergison; and many nieces and nephews.

Along with her parents, Lester F. and Marie Whitefoot, she was preceded in death by her brother, Lester O.; brothers-in-law, Robert McDowell, Rev. Robert (Deloris) Hoenecke, and Rev. Paul Hoenecke; and sisters-in-law Louise Hoenecke, Elisabeth (Allen) Luedtke, and Margaret Sergison.

A visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday, January 14, 2021, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church, 8 S. 4th Street, Winneconne. A funeral service will be held on Thursday at 1:00 PM with Pastor Mark Albrecht officiating. If you plan to attend the service, masks and safe distancing will be required. A committal service will be held at Roselawn Memorial Park, 401 Femrite Drive, Monona, Wisconsin on Friday, January 15, 2021, at 1:00 PM. Mueller Funeral Home-Winneconne is assisting the family with arrangements.

Special thanks to Diane Bloch, lifelong friend and confidant. Much recognition also goes to her son, Joe, for the selfless care and loving attention that he gave to Arline over the past 38 years. This gift allowed her to stay in her home, which was her ultimate wish.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church for an updated audiovisual system or to the Time of Grace television ministry. 

If you wish please submit online condolences to muellerfh.net.

John Covach wrote on January 16, 2021
I just learned about Arline's death. Sadness to the Hoenecke family during your time of mourning, but gladness and joy for Arline. Jesus keeps all the promises he died and rose again to give us. Arline is in heaven and living the new life thanks to our Savior. We will see her again in eternal light! Christian Love, John and Margi

Norm and Mary Anne Haasch wrote on January 14, 2021
We are keeping Arlene and her family in our thoughts and prayers. My sister Joan, Mark and the girls always spoke so lovingly of Arlene and so looked forward to seeing and hearing from her. The amazing women she was is reflected in her amazing sons.

Peter Yost wrote on January 14, 2021
Deepest condolences to the family.

Dan Kinney wrote on January 13, 2021
My deepest condolences and prayers to the Hoenecke Family. I had pleasure of being a neighbor and friends with them especially Dave. I am so pleased to hear how great Arline was to serving God, Church, Family and community. Well done, Arline and God Bless.

Andrew Hoenecke wrote on January 12, 2021
My deepest sympathies to the Jon and Arline Hoenecke family. Aunt Arline certainly lived a life of servant-hood and raised a great family. I remember so many fun times with my cousins, David, Jon, Mark, and Joey up in Winneconnie. Shooting pool in the basement of the parsonage, baseball in the back yard, and always a home cooked holiday, graduation, or confirmation meal from Aunt Arline. Joey took great care of her in her later years, and what a blessing for Arline to have him do so. I will not be able to attend the funeral on Thursday due to work commitments, but I am certain that Arline will be deeply missed by her family. With Arline gone, there are very few of the "aunts and uncles' left from the old rat pack, but I'm sure all of us "cousins" look back at the get-togethers with Wisconsin and Michigan kin and have nothing but the fondest memories of Aunt Arline and our family times together. Rest in peace, Aunt Arline.

Claire Hoenecke wrote on January 12, 2021
She was the most amazing grandmother. She was so supportive of all of my creative and academic endeavors. She was always so sweet and accepting of me. I will be forever grateful that she was a part of my life.

PAULETTE (Steinpreis) HEALEY wrote on January 11, 2021
My condolences to the Hoenecke family. Arline was a blessing to many. May God keep you safe.

Harold Thorpe wrote on January 11, 2021
It was always a pleasure to receive a phone call from Arline, even when she wanted me to do something for the society. She was the kindest and gentlest person I knew. I send my condolences to her family. We’ll all miss this loving and lovable lady.

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