Arlene  Christner


Arlene Hartzler Keim Christner, 93, died March 15, at Greencroft Goshen Health Care.
She was born Aug. 26, 1925, in Topeka, to Leland E. and Bess (Plank) Hartzler.
Arlene graduated from Goshen High School in 1943 and from Bluffton College (University), Bluffton, Ohio, in 1947. She earned a master's degree from Northwestern University. She was dean of women at Bluffton College, then taught at several elementary schools. Many of those years were spent at Parkside Elementary in Goshen. In total, she was in education for 36 years.
Arlene was a lifelong member of Eighth Street Mennonite Church.
In 1969, she married George Keim. George had two daughters, Sally, who died in 1974, and Kay. George died in 1985.
In 1990, she married Freeman Christner, who died in 2012.
Arlene is survived by her sister, Melba Bechtel; daughter, Kay (Randy) Nusbaum; three stepchildren, Shirleen (Ron) Weaver, Gary (Nedra) Christner and Connie (Seth) Kauffman; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Also important to her were nephew, Jack (Nadine) Bechtel; and nieces Nancy (Stefan) Miller and Cindy (daughter, Shelby) Burge.
Services will take place Saturday afternoon, March 23, at Eighth Street Church in Goshen, visitation from 1-2 p.m., memorial service at 2 p.m. Burial will be at a later date.
The family wishes to express special appreciation to Goshen Health Hospice and to the Greencroft Health Care staff.
Memorials may be given to Goshen Health Hospice, Bluffton University or Camp Friedenswald.
Published on March 20, 2019
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3 posts

Phyllis Yoder-Brovont
Mar 25, 2019
Sorry to hear of your loss. I and my four brothers have very fond memories of your family, mother and grandmother. My parents were Lee and Rosa Yoder. We lived north on Indiana Avenue from your parents farm. My husband and I lived in the farm house one winter when Leland and Bess wintered in Arizona. A grandson was named after Leland. Mother, Rosa passed away Sat, 23. at Millers Merry Manor, Wakarusa. They were nearly the same age. We share in each others sorrow and rejoice in their home in Heaven.
Gregg Hostetler
Mar 21, 2019
Such a thoughtful and caring person. As my fourth grade teacher at West Goshen Elementary she made a lasting and positive impression. She is one of the reasons I went into education.
Pattricia O'Brien
Mar 20, 2019
My very favorite teacher at West Goshen elementary School, first grade. RIP