LaVae Coreen Arens (born Kohlrusch)

Born:Dec 9 1938 In:  Aetna, Pipestone, Minnesota, USA
Died:June 28 2013 (at age 74)In:  St Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, USA

Immediate family

<Private> Arens
Her spouse
<Private> Arens
Her child
<Private> Arens
Her child
<Private> Aizman (born Arens)
Her child
<Private> Arens
Her child
Chester Arthur Kohlrusch
Her father
Edna Emma Kohlrusch (born Pottratz)
Her mother
<Private> Kohlrusch
Her sibling
<Private> Brendsel (born Kohlrusch)
Her sibling


Bookeeper, Homemaker, Store Mgr.

Contact information

1938-1951 In Rural Ruthton, Minnesota. 1951-1956 In Pipestone, Minnesota. 1956-1958 In Minneapolis, Minnesota. 1958 In Eden Prairie, Minnesota. 1959



LaVae died June 28, 2013, surrounded by family at our home in St Paul, MN after a 4-year battle with Multiple Myeloma (blood) Cancer. An open house celebration of life for this most wonderful friend, wife, mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, grandmother-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, cousin and foster mother will be July 7, 2013 1-5 pm at her home and garden - 1262 Nebraska Ave. E. St. Paul, MN 55106 - catered. Burial will be private at a later date. Memorials of choice. We thank the marvelous people of Allina in-home hospice care and the Cremation Society of Minnesota.

LaVae was born December 9, 1938 on a farm near Ruthton, MN and graduated from Pipestone, MN High School in 1956. She married Robert Arens, son of Francis and Henrietta (Remackel) Arens of Wilmont, MN on February 6, 1958 at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, MN. She is survived by her husband, three sons; Rhett (Veronica) Arens of Stillwater, MN, Brynn (Susan) Arens of Minneapolis, MN, Kii Arens of Los Angeles, CA, and one daughter, Aarah (Criag) Aizman of St. Louis Park, MN, a brother, Jay Kohlrusch of Shakopee, MN a sister; Nathly Brendsel of Arvada, CO and eight grandchildren; Colin Arens of Los Angeles, CA and Mitchell Arens of Stillwater, MN, Tanner, Daisy-LaVae and Felix Arens of Minneapolis, MN, Ian and Chana Aizman of St Louis Park, MN and Shaena (Avi) Lang of St. Louis Park, MN, brothers-in-law: David (Bara) Arens of Lakeville, MN, Marvin (Colette) Arens in France; sisters-in-law: Beverly (Alan) Gerber of Richfield, MN, Dianna (Scott) Arens of Belmont, WV, Rochelle (Ken) Arens of Roseville, MN, an only cousin, Darleen Kern of Dell Rapids, SD, one foster daughter, Maureen (Don) Nordquist of St. Paul, MN and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Chester and Edna (Pottratz) Kohlrusch in 1976 and 1996 respectively; father and mother-in-law: Francis and Henrietta (Remackel) in 1991 and 2006 respectively; brothers-in-law, Melvin (Nathly) Brendsel in 1985 and Gerald (Peggy) Arens in 2004, a sister-in-law, Patty (Jay) Kohlrusch in 2011 and one nephew, Wade Kohlrusch in 2008.

We were blessed by LaVae making life beautiful wherever she went. Heaven will be a prettier place by the time we get there.

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This was part of the 'hand out' at LaVae's life celebration on July 7, 2013.

Many of you know LaVae as woman who had a way of making things look pretty. A well-fed friend of ours once asked LaVae what good flowers do if you can't eat 'em. LaVae replied, “It's a feast …... for the eye.” At one time I gave everyone in our family their Native-American names. LaVae was BEAUTY MAKER. She taught me how to french-kiss. On one of our first dates I asked if she was French with a name like LaVae Coreen. She said, “Embrasse-moi monsieur.” I asked what that meant. “Kiss me mister”. It still gives me tingles all over whenever I think about that. And, she was also a great cook and homemaker. And, she was the power behind raising four wonderful children and a foster daughter. And, as pioneer woman, she wielded a pic-ax to clear the land for her garden. And, she was the much loved and respected manager of a Hallmark store. And, she won ribbons at the state fair for her jams and original intricate whimsical needlework. And, she drove a zippy sporty car to thrill her grandchildren. And, she was smart and could spell words for crossword puzzles that I couldn't. And, she was a red head. What's not to LOVE!

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