Amanda Arlene Karels

September 17, 1925 - August 28, 2020


Private family funeral services were held for Arlene Karels on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. at Oakcrest Funeral Services in Bancroft with Pastor Chad Duffy presiding. Burial was in the Harrison Township Cemetery in Swea City. 

Amanda Arlene was born Sept. 17, 1925, in Titonka, Iowa, the last of 11 children born to Edward and Naney Belle (Wise) Hammond. She died Aug. 28, 2020, at  Timely Mission Nursing Home in Buffalo Center at the age of 94.

Arlene was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Swea City. She graduated in 1943 from Swea City High School.

On Oct. 31, 1943, Arlene and Otto Karels were married at Immanuel Lutheran Church. They lived the majority of their married life in Lakota. She worked various jobs and ended her working years as a CNA for 25-plus years.

Arlene was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Lakota. She loved her family, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, her home and her flower gardens. She was well known for her talents of sewing, baking and crafting.

She is survived by her four children, Linda and Lynn Hertzke of Estherville; Susan and Ronald Spieker of Forest City; Douglas and Pam Karels of Ledyard; Colleen and Roger Perrizo of Delavan, Minn.; 12 grandchildren, Jared, Andrea, Stacey, Rebecca, Derrick, Kari, Holly, Heidi, Sara, Robert, Janeen and Kristen; and 24 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Otto; five brothers; five sisters; and three great-grandchildren. 

Arrangements were handled by Oakcrest Funeral Services of Buffalo Center. Condolences may be left at

Kossuth County Advance

14 E. Nebraska St.

Algona, IA 50511  

Phone: (515) 295-3535

Fax: (515) 295-7217

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