Arlene Guericke


October 20, 1938 - November 21, 2020


Arlene Guericke, 82, of Mitchell, SD, died Saturday, November 21, 2020 at Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private family ceremony will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, November 27, at Zion Lutheran Church in Mitchell. Following the funeral service, a graveside service open to the public will be at 3:00 PM, at Servicemen’s Memorial Cemetery in Mitchell.  A live-stream of the funeral service may be viewed at: Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

On October 20, 1938, Arlene was born on a farm near Tripp, SD, to Emanuel and Alma (Renner) Stoebner. She was baptized and confirmed at Friendens Reformed Church, Tripp. Arlene was raised on the farm near Tripp and attended rural Union District #77 School and Tripp High School.

On February 17, 1957, Arlene was united in marriage to Arthur Guericke and to this union, three children were born.  Arlene raised her children on the family farm south of Alexandria and brought them up in a strong Christian faith.  They retired in 1992.

Arlene was an active member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Clayton, where she served as Sunday school secretary for many years, as well as serving as the Ladies Aid president, and Sunday school and vacation bible school teacher.  After retiring, Arlene and Art joined Zion Lutheran Church, Mitchell.

Arlene dedicated her life to her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed gardening, cooking, sewing, and reading. Her famous dill pickles were enjoyed by many. She was also known for her homemade caramel rolls, bread, kuchen, and borsch soup.

Arlene is survived by her children: Daniel (Jane) Guericke, White Lake; Douglas (Janelle) Guericke, Alexandria; and David Guericke, Alexandria; grandchildren: Mark Guericke (Melinda Krumvieda), White Lake; Laura (Garret) Bergeleen, Wessington Springs; Jill (Nick) Rolfsmeier, Rapid City; Nicole (Michael) Lewis, Orange City, IA; Ryan Guericke (Tessa Hertel), Ethan; and Megan Guericke (Derek Pedersen), Alexandria; great-grandchildren: Shae, Karl, and Archer Bergeleen, Wessington Springs; Sophie Lewis, Orange City, IA; siblings: Leona (Jim) Meyer, Parkston; Elton (Diane) Stoebner, Tripp; sisters-in-law, Alice Holzworth, Parker and Lena Winter, Mitchell; brother-in-law, Gilbert (Carol) Guericke, Las Vegas, NV.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; mother- and father-in-law, Arthur Sr. and Alice Guericke; stepmother-in-law, Justina Guericke; siblings, infant sister and Adeline Nordseth; and in-laws: Wilhem Guericke, John Holzworth, Roland and Alma Preszler, Maynard Winter, and Eldon Guericke.

Arlene fought the good fight; she finished the race; she kept the faith. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials for Main Street Living, an organization that Arlene loved.



None Scheduled


Friday, November 27, 2020
2:00 PM


Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Charlene Preszler Bartolo on December 3, 2020
Rest in Peace, Aunt Arlene. A donation has been made to your nonprofit organization of choice, Main Street Living. Sympathy & condolences to the family--wish you all peace and comfort.
Posted by Don Wenande on November 24, 2020
I have a Lotta good memories of your mom she was always laughing her and your dad and I went to a lot of Cenex meetings and got to know each other pretty well plus all the times I stayed overnight at your house Back when I was in school she was a really good cook I remember that thoughts and prayers are with your family
Posted by Darlene Juhnke on November 24, 2020
My sympathy and prayers for the family.
Posted by Sheryl Plagmann on November 24, 2020
I am very sorry for your loss.
Posted by Wayne and Pam Werning on November 24, 2020
May God bless and comfort all of you.
Posted by Bob Tornow on November 23, 2020
Sincere sympathy to the family
Posted by Tami Werning Krogman on November 23, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!
Posted by John and Kris Kieffer on November 23, 2020
Sympathy to all of u and cherish the memories. God bless u.
Posted by Debra (Boggs) Hohn on November 23, 2020
Wishing you strength in the days ahead.
sympathies to the family.
Posted by Wayne & Connie Whistler on November 23, 2020
Our sincerest sympathy during this difficult time.
Posted by Armin and Arlene Kost on November 23, 2020
You have our sympathy at this time, Arlene and I (Arlene Kost) are cousins.
Posted by Sandra (Hartman) Stoebner on November 23, 2020
My deepest sympathy to the family! I new her for many years and enjoyed visits with her. My husband and her were first cousins. Blessings to all.
Posted by Patricia Simon on November 23, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
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