Arlene Ellen Ewalt, 87, of Casper, formerly of Powell, passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at Shepherd of the Valley Healthcare Center in Casper.
She was born on April 30, 1931, in Jud, North Dakota, to Arthur and Lena (Kalmbach) Podoll. Her father died when she was a young child and the family relocated to Powell, where her mom met and married her second dad, August Fetzer. Arlene attended first through fourth grade in Jud and fifth through high school in Powell.
She married Kenneth Ewalt on Dec. 16, 1951, in Powell and together they started their family in the Cody area. Arlene was a hard worker. As a youth she sorted beans at the Powell Bean Mill. In her working years she cleaned houses and laundered/ironed clothes for others. She had fond memories of working with her sister-in-law, Dorothy, at the Green Gables Inn in Cody. She worked for the Powell school system, starting as a cafeteria cook and later on as a custodian. Following her retirement in 1989, she helped her husband manage the Triangle Trailer Court in Powell.
Arlene loved the Lord and greatly enjoyed singing with her sister, Sharon, in the church choir. Arlene’s faith was very important to her. She was a life-long member of the Lutheran Church, attending in Cody, Powell and most recently in Casper. She was very proud to have been one of the charter members of the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Cody. She had an unwavering faith in Jesus!
Her hobbies included painting, crocheting, drawing and sewing. Arlene had a passion for all flowers and plants, both indoors and out, and was known for her green thumb. In her free time, she loved to go fishing and camping with her family. Her greatest joy was her children, grandchildren and great grandson! She loved her siblings and friends.
She is survived by her children, Arbie (Deb) Ewalt of Casper and Lorinda (Michael) Bessler of Shoshoni, Wyoming; grandchildren Dustin (Christina) Ewalt of Casper, Desaray Alcorn of Riverton and Mikeal Bessler of Shoshoni, Wyoming; great-grandson Tanner Ewalt of Casper; siblings Verna McCaffrey of Gravette, Arkansas, Delbert (Sandi) Fetzer of Powell and Sharon (Bill) Christensen of Billings, Montana; sisters-in-law Jessie Fetzer of Powell, Dorothy Podoll of Billings, Montana, JoAnne Ewalt of Snyder, Texas, and Evelyn (Marvin) Berghorst of Riverton; brother-in-law John Rowland of Riverton; as well as many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth Ewalt; parents Arthur and Lena Podoll, and August Fetzer; and siblings Floyd Podoll, Harold Fetzer and Alice Connor.
Arlene’s family thanks the staff of Garden Square Assisted Living and Shepherd of the Valley Healthcare Center of Casper, and her physicians, for the loving care she received during her residence in Casper.
A memorial service will be held Friday, April 12, 2019, 10 a.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 675 Avenue D, in Powell. Reception to follow at the church. Interment will be Friday, April 12, 2019, at 2 p.m. in Bull Creek Cemetery in Cody.
Memorial donations may be made to your local Alzheimer-Dementia Caregivers Support Group.
Newcomer of Casper has been entrusted with the arrangements. Tributes and condolences may be offered online at www.NewcomerCasper.com.