CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — Arlene Schaefer Preister, 91, of Castle Rock, Colorado, formerly of Columbus, passed away in the home of her daughter, Yvonne and George Decker, on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, surrounded by many of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Condolences will be received from 7-9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Castle Rock, with a rosary at 7:30 p.m. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m Tuesday, Nov. 28, at the church.
Arlene was born Jan. 12, 1926, in Lindsay to Joseph and Mary (Schmidt) Schaefer. On Sept. 5, 1944, she married Milton J. Preister at Holy Family Catholic Church in Lindsay. They lived in Norfolk and Columbus before moving to Denver in 1965.
Survivors include her 10 children, Steven (Curt Kelley) Preister of Washington, D.C., Timothy (Mary) Preister of Golden, Colorado, Kevin (Susan Jessie) Preister of Ashland, Oregon, Cathi (Wayne) Aigaki of Loveland, Colorado, Jeffrey Preister of Castle Rock, Colorado, Russell Preister of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Neil (Melody) Preister of Lakewood, Colorado, Yvonne (George) Decker of Castle Rock, Colorado, Dana (Inna) Preister of Burtonsville, Maryland, and Paul (Laura) Preister of Parker, Colorado; three sisters, Joyce (Allen) Cooley of Elko, Nevada, Joan (Bud) Sackett of Columbus and Sherri (Bob) Howell of Elko, Nevada; 24 grandchildren; and 37 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Mary; husband of 63 years Milton; son Danny; and siblings Jeannette (George) Maguire, Wilma (Glen) Haferland, Ethel (Al) Riley, Mary Jane (Lowell) Fairbanks and Kenneth (Gloria) Schaefer.
Memorial donations can be sent to Denver Hospice, 501 S. Cherry St., Suite 700, Denver, CO 80246.
Arlene's life and her longevity reveal that she may have been small in stature but was as solid and yielding as the Nebraska farmlands. With seasons of abundance, she carried and brought to life 11 children, a feat worthy of awe and a testament to her strength. She was loved deeply with a tenderness and loyalty that is one in a million.
Early in her life, she had the great fortune to fall in love with and marry Milt. He would be her lifelong partner and a devoted husband. Together they became a rare and shining star, guiding and tending to their wild and impressive flock. Together they built mountains and sometimes crossed valleys.
She was exuberant, curious, beautiful, caring, spiritual and above all, full of fun. She was hungry for life, adorning it with laughter, baubles, dancing and a fantastic sense of humor. She deeply valued her sense of family and found peace in her spiritual foundations.
She is survived by her legacy as matriarch of an unparalleled Preister bunch. Her children, all different and equally wonderful, carry her values and her zest for life. As we mourn the passing of her body, we celebrate the gift she gives us all, the gift of unity and unconditional love, no matter what and for always.
She leaves a legacy of love, faith, family, and an engaging spirit. You are so missed, Mom!