Arlene H. Hess

June 2, 1940February 23, 2018
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Arlene H. Hess, 77, of Crystal Lake, IL and Shawano, WI, passed away February 23, 2018. She was born June 2, 1940 in Fairview to Benjamin and Elfrieda (Fick) White. She married Martin “Mike” Hess Sr. on August 15, 1959. Arlene is survived by her children, Martin “Butch” (Marge) Hess Jr., Joann (Dan) Berg, and Darlene (Danny Makula) Hess; her grandchildren, Dan (Ashley) Berg Jr., Joey Berg, Alexa Hess, Michelle Makula, and Danny Makula Jr.; her sister, Val (Russ) Short; her sister-in-law, Stasia White; and a large extended family and many friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Martin “Mike” Hess Sr.; and her brother, George White. There will be a visitation from 4pm to the 7pm service on Friday, March 2 at Querhammer & Flagg Funeral Home, 500 W. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake. Interment will be at 10am on Saturday, March 3 at Town of Maine Cemetery, Park Ridge. Memorials may be made to Juvenile Diabetes at


  • Visitation Friday, March 2, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 2, 2018

Arlene H. Hess

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Casey Pszanka

April 3, 2018

To the Hess family. My deepest sympathy for your loss. I knew Mike and Arlene very well. They were members of our concertina accordion club and friends. There were wonderful musical memories made with them. To Mike and Arlene, Rest In Peace my friends. Sincerely, Casey.

Barbara Kerlin

March 2, 2018

Dear Family of Arlene:
Please accept our condolences for the loss of your Mom. We used to live on farms next to each other when we were growing up. We didn't play together because our parents kept us busy working in the fields. But we did all get together for holidays and family weddings. I remember that Arlene and her brother G and their spouses were great polka dancers. I used to love watching them. Arlene was musically talented. She played the accordian like a professional. I hope your kids have inherited the musical talent genes.
Arlene had a great personality and was always to be around. I know she loved her family greatly and would do anything for them. I am sure she is watching over you today. May God bless and guide you until you are all together again.
Barbara (Motykiewicz) and Bruce Kerlin
P.S. I am sorry that health issues prevent me from being there today. I will remember you in my prayers.

Nancy Haefner

March 1, 2018

To my cousin Arlene's family,
Please accept my sincere condolences at the passing of Arlene. Her dad, Ben, was my mom, Mona's brother. We lived on the farm just down River Road from our cousins: G, Arlene, and Val. I am 6 years younger and didn't play much with Arlene, but I remember her happy, bright personality. I remember what a great dancer she and Mike were, and that their wedding was such a great, musical time!
I moved to Iowa in 1976 so I have not had close contact with family, but I caught up with Arlene at our Uncle John's funeral. I am so glad we got to reacquaint ourselves there.
I hope all your happy memories can ease your loss.
Love, Nancy Haefner, Anamosa, IA

Jaret Bunce

February 24, 2018

Dear Hess Family, I am so sorry to hear about Arlene's passing!!! She was the greatest lady i knew and even though its been years since i last saw her but i will always remember talking to her over the phone!! Mike and Arlene knew my grandparents (Margaret "Marge" and Dedrick "Bob" Bunce) for many years and im glad they still kept contact after the Hesses moved!! Arlene is now with Mike, Elfrieda, Ben, Joe, and Dawn!! May she rest in peace. My deepest sympathies/condolences to Arlene's family.

Brian, Kim & Taylor Harper

February 24, 2018

To Butch, Marge, and Alexa,
We are sorry to learn of Arlene's passing. Our hearts go out to you during this difficult time. May you find comfort in the sympathy of others. Prayers for you all.