Tuesday, June 19, 2018



April 17, 2017

   WILTON - Elna Arndt (Leland), 100, of Wilton, WI passed away on Monday, April 17, 2017 at her daughter’s home in Hillsboro.

   Elna was born on April 2, 1917, in the Township of Whitestown in Vernon County, to Marcus Leland and Alma (Markgraf) Leland and was baptized and confirmed in the Salem Methodist (Spring Valley) Church. She attended the rural Spring Valley School and graduated from the Norwalk High School in 1938. Elna attended the Sparta Business College but jobs were very scarce, so she stayed at home and helped her parents with farming.

   Elna married William Arndt, June 7, 1938, and was blessed with three children. She worked at Tillman Produce for several years, mainly in the hatchery department. Over the years, she and her husband fostered 27 children through Monroe County. There was always time for flowers, gardening, yard work and especially family during her life.

   Elna was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Wilton, and the Wilton ELCA Women’s Group which she attended and served while she was able.

   Elna is survived by three children, William Arndt (Sandra) of St. Cloud, MN, Larry (Pastor Cindy) Arndt of Lihue, HI and Judith (Terry) Sosinsky of Hillsboro, WI. She is also survived by one sister, Joyce Pederson, Houston, TX; six grandchildren, Pastor William T. (Heidi) Arndt of Simpsonville, SC, Pamela (Pastor Edward) Francis of Littleton, CO, Jennifer (Mark) Pixomatis of St. Cloud, MN, Joel (Lori) Arndt of Wilton, Justin (Kristin) Arndt of Wilton, and Pastor Dawn (Pastor Brad) Lindberg of Tomah.

   There are 17 great-grandchildren, Adam and Amanda Francis, Trenton, Torie, and Tava Pixomatis, Andrew and Delia Lindberg, Courtney, Britanni, Will and Johnathan Arndt, April, Addison, Avery and August Arndt, and Miranda, Linus, and Daphne Arndt; three step grandchildren, Nicholas Hutson of Chicago, IL, Kate Hutson of Minneapolis, MN and Jessica Polakowski of Brooklyn, WI; along with many friends.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William in 1985; brothers, Victor and Orvis Leland; brother-in-law, Eldon Pederson; sister-in-law, Althea Leland; daughter-in-law, Donna Arndt; and nephew, Gene Pederson.

   A funeral service will be held on Friday, April 21, 2017, 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 401 Mill Street, Wilton. Pastor Kristen Wendland will officiate. Burial will be in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery.

   Relatives and friends are invited for a time of visitation on Friday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service.

   Online condolences may be given at www.sonnenburgfamilyfh.com.

   The Smith-Nelson Funeral Home, Wilton, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Smith-Nelson Funeral Home

Evans Print & Media Group

1302 River Rd.
P.O. Box 252

Sparta, WI 54656-0252

Office Number: (608) 269-3186
Fax Number: (608) 269-6876


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