Arlene Eleanor (Swanson) Niegemann, 89, passed away April 17, 2018 due to natural causes with her two sons by her side.
Arlene was born August 10, 1928 in Williston, N.D. to Jean and Helga Swanson. In 1937, the family relocated to Whatcom County where they farmed on the Smith and Goshen Road.
Arlene graduated from Mt. Baker High School in 1945, and Western Washington State College (now WWU) in 1949, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education.
Her teaching career began in elementary school at Longview, Wash., followed two years later in Long Beach, Calif., Returning to Seattle, where she attended the University of Washington, graduating in 1953, with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics Education.
In 1954, she married Western Washington State College classmate, Bob Niegemann, her husband for 60 years. For the next six years, she taught in the Mt. Baker and Marysville School Districts respectfully.
In 1959, Bob and Arlene settled into their home in Mukilteo, Wash. on the Goat Trail Hill Road where they raised their two sons.
Following Bob's retirement in 1981, more time was enjoyed traveling together throughout the U.S., Europe, New Zealand, and a yearly favorite, Harrison Hot Springs, B.C.
In 1998, they relocated to Camano Island. Where they enjoyed 16 years together until Bob's passing in 2015.
In the summer of 2017, Arlene relocated to Washington Oaks retirement community in North Everett. After a brief hospitalization, Arlene transitioned to April House in Marysville, where she received compassionate care that her family will be forever grateful.
Arlene was a member of Stanwood United Methodist Church, PEO Chapter JL of Camano Island, Euthenics of Greater Seattle (Home Economists), and a weekly volunteer at the Stanwood Food Bank.
She is survived by her sons Gary (Everett) and Bill (Keli) Niegemann (Stanwood) and granddaughters Lauren and Karli Niegemann. Arlene is also survived by her sister, Carol Canfield; brother-in-law Frank Rasmussen, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Bob, sister Jean, and brother-in-law Stan Niegemann.
Arlene will be missed by many.
The family would like to thank Arlene's friends and relatives for visiting, and the April House staff for the excellent care provided during her last weeks of life. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Providence Hospice and Home Care, Everett.
A celebration of Arlene's life is planned for Saturday, June 2, at 2 p.m. at the Stanwood United Methodist Church, 27128 102nd Dr. NW in Stanwood. A reception will follow the service.