Arlene E. Cherney, 92

Published 9:01 am Saturday, March 2, 2019

Arlene E. Cherney, 92, of Myrtle, Minnesota, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at Thorne Crest Senior Living Community.

Arlene Eleanor Cherney was born on Dec. 7, 1926, in Albert Lea, Minnesota, the daughter of Ray and Edna (Golnick) Machacek. She grew up in Myrtle and attended school in Myrtle and Albert Lea before graduating from Austin High School in 1944. On Oct. 19, 1947, Arlene was united in marriage to Richard Cherney in Albert Lea. Arlene was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. She was also a member of Myrtle Mothers Club, Myrtle Museum, American Legion Auxiliary, Martha Circle, Myrtle Women’s Card Club, and London Card Club. Arlene enjoyed crafting, including basket weaving, beadwork, knitting, crocheting, and rug making. She knitted many baby caps for the hospital. She volunteered with the county census and regularly served as an election judge. Arlene also liked reading, watching the Twins, and spending time with her angels (her grandchildren). For 16 years, she spent winters in Mesa, Arizona.

Arlene is survived by her daughters, Susan Cherney, Nancy (David) Decker, Joanne (Doug) Tunnyhill, Karen (Paul) Hansen and Sarah (Jim Matteson) Cherney; grandchildren, Veronica Wallen, Gretchen Pike, Matthew (Sarah) Decker, Scott Decker, Johnna Tunnyhill, Hannah Tunnyhill, Kate Brossard, Jacob (Jasmine) Hansen, Ellen (Rustin) Reys, Peter Hansen, Emma Cherney, Joseph Matteson and Madeline Cherney; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Caroline (Bill) O’Connell; and brother, Bob (Katy) Machacek. Arlene was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; parents, Ray and Edna; daughter, Elaine Wallen; grandchildren, Theresa Wallen and Kyle Decker; sisters, Maxine Krecker, Mary Ann Yerigan, Betty Jean Raskin and Alice Rae Gleason; and brother, Richard Machacek.

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Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, 2019, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church with Chaplain Todd Walsh officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church. Interment will be at Bohemian National Cemetery. Online condolences are welcome at In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Friends of the Bohemian Brick Hall, or donor’s choice.