LOUISVILLE — Arleen Marie Heibel, 94, of Louisville, formerly of Shelby, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, at Nebraska Medicine in Bellevue.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at the United Methodist Church in Shelby with the Rev. Teri Lucas officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Shelby Cemetery. Dubas Funeral Home of Osceola and Stromsburg has been entrusted with arrangements.

Arleen was born June 24, 1923, to Hjalmer and Cora Gustafson in Osceola. She attended Victor country school through the 10th grade and graduated from Shelby High School in 1941. Following high school she took Normal Training and taught grades one through eight at a country school in the valley between Columbus and Shelby for three years. During this time she met Melbourne, who was a hired man at the residence where she resided.

On June 25, 1944, she was united in marriage to Melbourne “Mel” Earl Heibel at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Osceola. To this union three daughters were born. The family lived in Columbus before moving to Shelby where they operated the Shelby Fertilizer Feed and Seed. Melbourne passed away Nov. 26, 1991. Arleen continued to live in Shelby for 12 years before moving to Bellevue and living with her daughter for 12 years. Arleen then moved to Hickory Villa prior to living at the Louisville Care Community, where she resided until her passing.

Arleen was a volunteer in the church where she taught Sunday School and was active in the United Methodist Women. She was a member of the EUB Church in Shelby until it joined the Shelby Methodist Church in 1968 where she then was a member. She was active in the community as a 4-H leader and a member of the Birthday Cotton Card Club, Band Mothers, Shelby Legion Auxiliary and EUB Hope Circle. She was a member of the Checkmates Bowling Team. Her hobbies were baking, cooking and tending to her plants and flowers. She was an avid Husker fan.

Survivors include her daughters, JoLene Heibel of Bellevue, Linda Heibel of Omaha and Julie Heibel of Independence, Missouri; sister-in-law, Berdella Donaghue of Columbus; brother-in-law, George Becker of Lincoln; and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Melbourne; one brother, Wallace Gustafson; and one sister, Glennis Becker.

Memorials may be made to Shelby Public Library or Shelby Public School Foundation.

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