Kidron – Arlene Ann Lehman, Age 82, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on June 9, 2021 on the 60th anniversary of her marriage to David S. Lehman.
Arlene was born in Sugarcreek, Ohio March 25, 1939 to Noah and Mattie Schlabach. She had a wonderful childhood growing up in a Christian home in Holmes County and surrounding villages.
After graduating from Hesston Academy in 1958 she went on to study nursing at Kansas City General Hospital. She received her license as an LPN from the Missouri State Board of Nursing in July of 1960. She volunteered her time at the hospital and soon after, returned to Ohio where she worked at Dunlap Hospital.
She met David S. Lehman at a church event and knew almost immediately, he was the one. They dated briefly, fell in love and were married on June 9, 1961 at Kidron Mennonite church by Bill Detweiler. The same pastor whom would go on to officiate all of her children’s weddings over the next 33 years.
Arlene gave birth to three children Michelle (Tim) Gerber, Krista (Jerry) Sprunger Greene and Roger (Sondra) Lehman.
She has six grandchildren Alexis (Ross) King, Nick (Amanda) Gerber, Amanda (Justin) Graber, Clint (Alison) Sprunger, Brian Lehman and Miranda Lehman
Arlene has twelve great grandchildren. Noah, Isaac, Luke and Joel King. Reid, Lilah Grace, Paige and Ellis Jenae Graber. Ian, Lilia and Ivy Jude Gerber & Sloane Sprunger.
Surviving stepbrothers are Lynn (Freda) Hochstetler, Jay Hochstetler, Don (Jeri) Hochstetler Stan (Janie) Hochstetler, and Ken (Glenda) Hochstetler.
She was preceded in death by her husband David Lehman and parents Noah, Mattie and stepmother Erdine Hochstetler/Schlabach. Robert (Bob) Schlabach, Willis (Red) Schlabach and Ivan Schlabach and son in-law Wes Sprunger.
Soon after being married, Arlene and Dave went to the small village of Aibonito in Puerto Rico for volunteer service again from 1962 to 1965. Arlene served as a nurse and Dave worked at the hospital in operations and maintenance. She gave birth to Krista in Puerto Rico and was visited by her 64 year old father and step mother Erdine, soon after Krista’s birth.
She loved being in and around church activities. Arlene often taught Sunday school, vacation bible school and counseled single mothers with the Wings program in Orrville for two years. She also volunteered for the Wayne County blood mobile for nearly 20 years.
Arlene loved her family, many cousins and friends from the Wayne and Holmes county community and beyond. She enjoyed singing, praise and worship music and hymns. She and Dave traveled later in life and made many good friends from across the country especially Arizona, Pennsylvania, Texas and Florida.
Any memorial donations can be made to the Samaritan Purse organization or the Kidron Mennonite church.
Services will be held on Saturday June 12, 2021 at the Kidron Mennonite Church. There will be viewing hours from 12:30 to 1:45. The memorial service will begin at 2pm. Graveside services will follow at 3pm. Spidell Funeral Home in Mount Eaton is handling the arrangements.