Darlene M. Arlt

Darlene M. Arlt

January 17, 1941 – April 1, 2024

Darlene Arlt was born on January 17, 1941, in Norfolk, Nebraska to William and LaVerna Unger. She passed away on April 1, 2024, at the age of 83 years old. On November 12, 1960, she married her best friend and love, Darrell Arlt, and spent the next 62 years together as husband and wife. They had four daughters: Debbie Bremer (Jeff), Linda Little (Ben), Lori Rockwell (Jeff), and Traci Schmitz (John).

Darlene, the second oldest of 13 children, is survived by her 12 brothers and sisters: Janie Arlt (Glen), Dianne Pfeifer (Chuck), Bill Unger (Bev), Kenneth Unger (Sandy), Jim Unger (Barb), Karen Rakowsky (Richard), Mardell Brom (Larry), Don Unger (Linda), Richard Unger, Dave Unger (Mary), Phyllis Smutny (Ron) and Marilyn Pojar (John).

She was also a loving grandmother to 17 grandchildren: Jeffrey Bremer, Jr. (Lindsay), Amber Ostblom (Tyler), Kyle Little, Christopher Bremer, Kaitlyn Little, Adam Rockwell (Breanna), Alysha Mickles (JeVon), Leigha Little, Lucas Rockwell (Hannah), Elizabeth Rockwell, Michael Mallgrave, Madeline Mallgrave, Halle Ross (Tyler), Carson Mallgrave, Abigail Rockwell, Carys Mallgrave, and Evan Schmitz. She also has 11 great grandchildren.

Darlene was preceded in death by her parents, William and LaVerna Unger; grandson, Christopher Bremer; brothers-in-law, Glen Arlt; John Pojar; Chuck Pfeifer; Larry Brom; nephew, Gary Arlt; niece, Nicole Rakowsky.

Darlene was a compassionate, humble woman of deep faith, always positive, thankful, and kind with a great sense of humor. She was busy, raising four daughters and working outside the home at Madison County Courthouse, Becton Dickinson, and Douglas & Lomason Company throughout the years. She enjoyed spending time outside, being with her family, and had a great love of music. She is now singing with the angels in heaven.

VISITATION: Thursday, April 4th, 4 to 6 p.m., followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 6 p.m., at West Center Chapel, 7805 W. Center Rd.

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Friday, April 5th, 10:30 a.m., at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 14330 Eagle Run Dr.

Interment, Resurrection Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be directed by the family.

To view a live broadcast of the Vigil and Mass, please visit www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.


  • Linda McGivern Posted April 2, 2024 1:11 pm

    Darrell and family, I am so sorry to hear about Darlene’s passing. You were all like a second family to me. She will be dearly missed. I so wish I could be there for the funeral. Please know that I am with you in spirit. Sending you all hugs and prayers during this difficult time.

    • Darlene M Arlt Posted April 3, 2024 9:17 am


  • Alysha Mickles Posted April 2, 2024 1:51 pm

    Love you always grandma

  • Katherine Arlt Volnek Posted April 2, 2024 5:00 pm

    We are sorry to hear of Darlene’s passing. Our prayers are with you all.

    Katie and Gerry Volnek

  • Jerry Albracht Posted April 2, 2024 7:24 pm

    Sorry for your loss Darrell & the family!!

  • Amber Ostblom Posted April 3, 2024 12:10 pm

    What a beautiful life you lived, Grandma. Love you dearly.

  • Dan Prososki Posted April 3, 2024 12:16 pm

    Mr Arlt and family, I have the fondest memories of Mrs. Arlt. She always had a smile and I can remember the time during a celebration at my dads truck shop her singing songs as one of my dad’s employees was playing his guitar. She was another member of the 34th Street originals . God bless all of you.
    Dan Prososki

  • Jeannine Smutny Posted April 3, 2024 8:15 pm

    So sorry for your loss Darrell and family. Rudy and I were saddened to hear of Darlene’s passing, she will certainly be missed by many.

  • Tami Slipsager Posted April 4, 2024 5:30 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss! I have fond memories of Aunt Darlene as a child. She was a beautiful person inside and out and I know she will be terribly missed! Sending all my love❤️❤️❤️

  • Phyllis Olson Posted April 5, 2024 5:42 am

    Darrel and family..I’m sorry to hear about Darlene. I have such fond memories of her whenever we were all out together. What a wonderful lady. May God bless all of you.

  • John & Claudia Petrie Posted April 5, 2024 7:59 am

    Traci and Family. Please accept our deepest condolences on this sad day. Our prayers are with you and your family. May God bless Darlene and welcome her to heaven for all eternity.

  • Leroy Nancy Arlt Posted April 5, 2024 9:13 am

    Darrell so sorry to hear the lost of Darlene. Thought and prayers going your way to you and family

  • Deb Crumley (Dreifurst) Posted April 5, 2024 8:57 pm

    Darrell and Family and Unger families
    I was sad to hear of Darlene’s passing. I always enjoyed visiting with her, always a smile. Heaven gained a special angel and I sure she singing in God’s choir.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Deb Crumley

  • Barbara Bockes Posted April 28, 2024 4:15 pm

    Dear Traci and family,
    So sorry to learn of your mom’s passing! I only met her a couple of times, but each time was memorable. She was a kind, loving human. And knowing you Traci, now I know some of the reasons you are so organized and loving to so many! Sincerely, Barb Bockes

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