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December 27, 2013

ARLENE VERSTEEGH MAY 18, 1919 -- DEC. 20, 2013

NEW SHARON — Arlene VerSteegh, 94, of New Sharon, passed away Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at the Crystal Heights Care Center in Oskaloosa.

As her wish, her body has been cremated. Memorial services will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at the Holland-Coble Funeral Home in New Sharon with burial to follow at the Friends Cemetery in New Sharon. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Friends are invited to the McVay Center in New Sharon following the service for a lunch. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the New Sharon Fire and Rescue. Friends may sign the online guestbook at www.hollandcoblefuneralhomes.com. Holland-Coble Funeral Home of New Sharon is in charge of arrangements.

Esther Arlene VerSteegh, the daughter of Robert and Ethel Briggs, was born May 18, 1919, at her parents’ home in rural New Sharon. She attended Lacey Community School before graduating from New Sharon High School. Following graduation, Arlene attended the Ottumwa Beauty School and then opened a beauty salon in New Sharon in the early 1940s. She moved to Oskaloosa and opened a beauty shop that was attached to her home for over 40 years. Arlene was proud to have lived her entire 94 years in Mahaska County. She was all about family, farming and her beauty shop customers. Her hobby was writing letters to family and friends. Arlene was preceded in death by her parents, husband Leslie VerSteegh, brothers, Clifford and Donald Briggs, granddaughter, Sherry Tucker and niece Jolene Briggs.

She is survived by her two sons, Les (Mary) VerSteegh, of New Sharon, and Ron VerSteegh, of New Sharon; very close friend Karen Kenney, of Cedar Rapids; her brother, Duane Briggs, of Independence, Mo.; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren and her sister-in-law, Jeannie Smith, of Denver, Iowa.

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