Arlene Rae Prater

17 March, 194614 April, 2021
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On April 14, 2021, Arlene Prater was called home to Heaven after her battle with metastatic pancreatic cancer. She had just celebrated her 75th birthday, and resided in Zeeland, Michigan and Wesley Chapel, Florida.

Arlene is survived by her husband of 48 years, Wayne (her Superman). Throughout her battle, she worried daily about her Superman, the love of her life, above her own pain. This selfless love was one of the amazing qualities that Arlene embodied and passed on to her family. From Arlene herself, “Wayne, I have always loved you with all my heart!"

When she spoke of her family, you could see her blue eyes light up and sparkle with love. Arlene is survived by her children Julie (Jeremy) Town, Jim Mucha, Connie (Kurt) Kerkstra, Robin (Russ) Mielke, Kim Chase, Brenda (Robert) Bierens, and Steve (Gail) Mucha; as well as 17 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren...and counting! Arlene was preceded in death by her parents Arnold and Athalene; brother, Donald; son, Mark; and great-granddaughter, Melody Skye. She is survived by her loving sisters Cindy (Dan) Wisniewski and Marge (Doug) Wicks.

Arlene’s greatest love was her family. Her hugs, kisses, and the “I love yous” will surely be missed. She cherished her weekly phone conversations with her sister-in-law, Karen. Even in her weakness, that was a call that was never forgotten. She held many of her extended family members close to her heart. We have all been blessed to call you Mom.

For many years, summers were spent at Oxbow Park followed by Sandy Pines. No matter where she was, friendships blossomed, adding to her list of lifelong friends. The love for warmth, sunshine, and sandy beaches brought Arlene and her Superman to Gulf Shores, Alabama for many winters. She loved the sounds of the ocean, walks on the beaches, and watching the sunset. Arlene enjoyed Mardi Gras parades, collecting all of the beads she could catch, and refreshing herself with Bushwacker drinks.

As years passed, they settled into Terrace Park in Wesley Chapel, Florida. There was not much down time between dances, bingo, garage sales, trips to Busch Gardens, and all of the other activities she loved. Arlene truly lived life to the fullest and enjoyed every moment she spent in flip-flops. She spoke so often about the wonderful friendships she shared in the park. Our thanks and hearts go out to everyone who was part of “Arlene’s Army." Mom had many special friends in her life that meant so much to her.

It has been said, there are some who bring a light so bright in this world that even after they have gone, the light remains. We will forever see you, feel you, love you, and honor the love you have given us. Shine bright, Momma!

At Arlene’s request, no services will be held. The family has requested that remembrances be made in contributions to the Hospice of Holland, 270 Hoover Blvd., Holland, Michigan 49423 in memory of Arlene Prater. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at


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Ron Chase

2 May 2021

We mere mortals will never have the wisdom to explain ones departure from this earth. God and nature will "have their way", and leave those of us left behind with forever lasting memories (thank God and nature for that). In the 30 plus years I've known Arlene and Wayne, I can say I was always treated with respect and accepted for who I was/am no matter the circumstance. The time that Arlene was granted to say "Goodbye" was so very short, but I myself will embrace the first time she said "Hello" and all the years following. My sincere sympathy goes out to all of those that did not get the opportunity to know Arlene, for they know not what they've missed! God be with you Wayne and family. Time will help heal your (our) pain. Ron Chase

Sandy Vanderband

18 April 2021

We are very sorry for your loss, your mom was one of a kind! She was my partner in crime, always willing to hit a garage sale or a road trip or just beating the boys at cards, she will be missed! 💙

Dan and Sandy FLEMING

16 April 2021

Dan and I met Arlene through her sister Marge and was impressed with her from day one. Her laughter, her smile, and sense of humor will forever be with us. Her and her husband Wayne always treated us with utmost kindness and respect each and every time that we would see them. You fought a good fight against this but now you can Rest in Peace with our heavenly father and many loved ones. Dan and I want to extend our deepest and most sincere sympathy to her husband Wayne and Arlene's entire family. May you Rest in Peace . Sandy and Dan Fleming

Dan & Elaine Walton

15 April 2021

To say the least we are heart broken, to the family you are all in our prayers and thoughts with our deepest condolences. Arlene & Wayne have always held a special place in our hearts, I use to work for Wayne for many years back in the day at the body shop, Arlene would come into the office and it would immediately brighten my day, her smile and disposition and happy go lucky attitude would put a smile on my face, Not only was Wayne & of course Arlene one of the best bosses I have ever had the pleasure of knowing we became friends and enjoyed many interactions outside of work and were even neighbors for a few years.. I have many fond memories of Arlene and send the family a big hug..

Judy Squires

15 April 2021

I'm so sorry for your loss. Jamie and Lucinda (Cindy Nabors) were very good friends when they were young and spent many hours playing in your "dirt back yard". Arlene was one of the best neighbors I could have known...and a good friend. When we left Francis St. we lost touch but now I'm sorry I didn't keep in contact. May God keep you in the hollow of His hand as He guides and comforts you while you go through this sad time.

Judy Vegter Squires

Jim & Barb Van Geest

15 April 2021

To know Arlene was to know a beautiful, kind, loving, and sweet Lady. She brought light, joy, and happiness to everyone she met. Arlene was a wonderful Wife, Mom, and Grandmother. She was an amazing Friend, we had so many great times throughout the many years of knowing her and Wayne and will forever be Loved and deeply Missed. Wayne, you and your wonderful Family are in our Hearts and Prayers.

tamie james

15 April 2021

wayne & family
it’s hard to put into words what having a friendship with arlene was like...
blessed and honored comes to mind.
every square inch of her 5 foot body was filled with strength and love~she could not contain it! as she spoke of her beautiful family and the love she had for them it overflowed through her sparkling eyes and could “feel” it! yes, she loved her “superman” and he could probably pick her up with one hand but it was arlene who lifted “wayne, her superman” up with her love and praise for him!
she made each of us feel special.
so yes, i am “blessed” by her friendship...
and “honored” to be considered one of hers...
and i will cherish her forever...
wishing you rainbows...🌈💜

Kristi Latella

15 April 2021

There are not enough kind words I can say about Arlene. Even though Jim and I divorced Arlene and Wayne will always hold a special place in my heart. We had a great conversation and big hug when she just found out about diagnosis. Lots of memories going over and having hot tea and watching boys play, going to craft shows or they would just have us over for her delicious chicken and dumplings. I could go on and on! Dylan already made comment he is already gonna have a Bushwacker for Grandma this year 💜. We will see you again and you were LOVED more than you'll ever know!

Carmen Bennett

14 April 2021

I remember watching her with Paetyn and the special love that was there. She truly loved all of her grandkids.
Her smile always filled a room, And her laugh was contagious.
Love to all her family and pray for healing.
She was a very special woman.

Marcia Bard

14 April 2021

Wayne and family,
My heart is broken for you. Keep her wonderful memories alive. I know what you’re going through, keep your family close, spend time together remembering what a wonderful wife and mom you had. Love you all ,,,
Marcia Bard.

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