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Arlene Olivia Kuchem

Arlene Olivia Kuchem of Augusta, Missouri, passed away on Tuesday, April 11, 2023, at the age of 88 years.

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She is survived by seven children, Douglas (Sally) Kuchem of Ft. Worth, TX, Carol (Rick) Rechtien of St. Charles, MO, Richard (Donna) Kuchem of Augusta, MO, Mary (Don) Mueller of Union, MO, Vicki (Rich) Terschluse of Washington, MO, Timothy (Debra) Kuchem of Dutzow, MO, and Steven (Chris) Kuchem of Augusta, MO; 15 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; other relatives, and many friends.

Arlene Olivia Kuchem was born in 1934 in Washington, Missouri, the daughter of the late Harry A. Siedhoff and his wife, Caroline Lause Siedhoff. Arlene was married to the love of her life, Victor, for 67 years.

She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Augusta, the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary in Augusta, and volunteered at several local charitable organizations.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor, on August 25, 2022; 8 siblings and their spouses, Ethel Patke and husband, Al, Ruth Straatmann and husband, Herb, Edith Heimann and husband, Norbert, Harry Siedhoff, Jr, and wife, June Scheer Siedhoff, Gilbert Siedhoff and wife, Eunice Brinkmann Siedhoff, Maurice Siedhoff and wife, Della Mayhew Siedhoff, Virgil Siedhoff and wife, Elsie Sieve Siedhoff, and Betty Laune and husband, Conrad.

Arlene will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Visitation: Thursday, April 20, 2023, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Pitman Funeral Home, 5542 Walnut St., Augusta, Missouri 63332.

Funeral: Friday, April 21, 2023, at 10 a.m., at the Immaculate Conception Church in Augusta.

Cemetery: Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Augusta.

Memorials can be made to Meals-on-wheels in Franklin County or masses at Immaculate Conception Church in Augusta.