Arlene A. Werner, age 87, of Elgin, IL, passed away on March 30, 2018 at Lutheran Home for the Aged in Arlington Heights. She was born August 6, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois to her loving parents, Harold and Agatha Wentink (née Thomas).

Arlene married the love of her life, James “Jim” Werner on November 6, 1954. They lived a block apart from one another and met at the Aragon Ballroom. They shared 42 wonderful years of marriage together.

Loved ones will remember Arlene as an adventurous soul with a wonderful sense of humor, who loved to travel. She went fishing in Canada and cruising to Alaska.

Arlene was a lover of fashion, and she was a fantastic seamstress who made her own clothes. She always stood out, with a special outfit for every occasion.

Arlene’s favorite holiday was Easter, and she enjoyed the tradition of baking a lamb cake for family to enjoy. She was a master baker, and her cookies could not be beat.

Her free time, Arlene enjoyed board games, playing cards, collecting dolls, and she was a lifelong Cubs fan.

Arlene was preceded in death by her dear husband James; and sisters Virginia Wentink, Ramona Martino and Marilyn Werner.

She is survived by her sister, Laverne (Al) Claps; nieces and nephews, Rick (Sandi) Werner, Sandra (Jim) Werner-Fuerholzer; William (Marcia) Werner; Lindy (Anthony) Eck, Cynthia Werner, Brian Werner, Mary Fritz, Al Claps, Jim Claps, JoAnne Wehrmann, Tom Claps, Donna Claps, Diane Brigid, Chris Ford, Linda De Wald, Patti Iussa, Don, John, Rick and Nancy; cousins Kenneth (Jerilynn) Bruce and Karen (Tony) Pecha, 27 grand-nieces and nephews; and 13 great-grand nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 6-8:00PM Thursday, April 5, 2018 the Symonds – Madison Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be at 7:00 Pm. Interment will be Private

Final arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park St, Elgin IL 60120. For more information call 847-741-1128 or visit

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