Regina Arneson

July 30, 1920October 2, 2012

Regina Braun was born in Ipswich, South Dakota to parents Adam and Mary A. (Jochim) Braun on July 30th, 1920. Regina was raised and grew up on a farm in Ipswich with ten brothers and sisters. She had to ride a horse to get to school and attended classes in a one-room schoolhouse. After graduating from high school in South Dakota and heading west to Oregon; she found work as a welder in the Portland shipyards in support of the WWII war effort. Regina married Samuel E. Arneson on April 6, 1945. The two settled in North Portland, began a family, and remained there for nearly their entire 64 years of marriage. They had five children: Sharon, Keith, Wayne, Rick and Lori. Following her time as a welder in the shipyards, Regina worked in Oregon/Pendleton Woolen Mills. Eventually, settling into the position of a baker for the Portland School District, which she held for 15 years before retiring. Throughout the course of their marriage, Regina and Sam remained devoted members of Queen of Peace Parish in North Portland. They spent extensive time outdoors with their family camping, fishing, gardening, and golfing. The two also did quite a bit traveling to places like New York, Florida, Bermuda, London, Alaska and the Caribbean. Sam was from North Dakota, so the two would travel to the Dakotas to visit their respective families. Regina is predeceased by her loving husband of 64 years, Sam; her parents Adam and Mary; eight brothers and sisters; and her son Keith. She is survived by daughter Sharon Gerlach of San Diego, CA; son Wayne Arneson of Portland, OR; son Richard Arneson of Seattle, WA; and daughter Lori Arneson of Lake Oswego, OR; brothers, August Braun of Sioux Falls, SD and Steve Braun of Los Angeles, CA. She is also survived by three grandchildren Christopher Gerlach of Mountain View, CA; Samantha Weinstein of Memphis, TN; and Alexandra Arneson of Walla Walla, WA. A private ceremony will take place to celebrate Regina's life. She will be laid to eternal rest in Skyline Memorial Gardens, Garden of Everlasting Life. Please visit Regina's internet memorial and online guestbook at


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Terri Owen

October 7, 2012

Aunt Rex...Even though we haven't seen each other in many of were in my thoughts often...spending the summer with you and the family, is some of my fondest memories in my will be greatly missed...give everyone up in heaven great big hugs from all of us...we will miss you....Love your niece Terri (Coleman) Owen