Wilma died peacefully on October 15, 2011 while tending to her garden. She was born on February 14, 1939 in Bessarabia, Romania. She married her husband of 48 years, Denis Arnesen in 1961.
Despite overcoming immense challenges early in life to secure the freedom of others and herself in post-war Europe, she continued a life of unconditional giving and compassion while maintaining endless optimism. Her upbeat personality was contagious to anyone who met her.
Wilma touched many lives and will be deeply missed by all who knew her. She is survived by a son, Mark Arnesen and his wife Marie; a daughter, Cheryl Herold and her husband Scott; and four beautiful grandchildren, Kelly Ann, Nicole Marie, Eric Michael and Alan Denis.
A private memorial gathering honoring her life will be held at a later date.
Cremation arrangements are by Dellinger Funeral Home in Mt. Jackson.