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Mary J (Feiten) Arnoldy

ONALASKA — Mary J (Feiten) Arnoldy, 95, of Onalaska, WI, formally of New Ulm, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 surrounded by her six children.

Mary Janice Feiten was born May 26, 1925 to Louis and Hazel (Harris) Feiten. She attended Catholic schools and was a graduate of College of St. Teresa in Winona, MN. She married Tom Arnoldy on September 6, 1948 at St. Thomas Pro-Cathedral, Winona, MN. Mary taught in Fort Pierre, SD before marriage and taught at Cathedral High School years later. After Tom passed away she worked at Summit Lake Lodge for 11 summers. Her faith was evident though the way she lived her life. She was one of the first women to serve on the Holy Trinity Cathedral parish council, become a lay eucharistic minister and lector. She devoted countless hours volunteering for her church and community. She taught CCD, served on the Liturgy Committee was active in Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, she was a Turner Lady, volunteered at the hospital and the food shelf. As a young family, Mary,Tom and children were very involved in Catholic Family Movement, enjoying many outings with other young families.

Mary’s love of people lead to her involvement in a rosary group, knitting group and many many bridge games. She and Tom were members of New Ulm Country Club for years although she claimed to be a lousy golfer. Mary’s sense of adventure took her to Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Rome, Haiti and Medjugorje. Her greatest joy was spending time with her children and grandchildren. Mary’s sense of humor will be remembered by many people. She was quick witted and loved a good joke. There was a mischievous side to Mary and you could see it in her smile.

She is survived by her six children, Mary Jean (Ted) Eisenbacher of Onalaska, WI, Marty(June) Arnoldy of Moose Pass, AK, John Arnoldy of Depoe Bay, OR, Bob Arnoldy of Minneapolis, MN, Paula (John) Christensen of Battle Lake, MN and Chris (Todd) Olson of Onalaska, WI, 18 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. She also survived by a brother, Phil Feiten of Winona, MN and sister, Patty McHugh of Storrs, CT. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Arnoldy and two brothers.

Arrangement are with Minnesota Valley Funeral Home for a memorial service at a later date. Memorials may be sent to New Ulm Area Catholic Schools or Catherdral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. To leave an online condolence for her family, or to sign the guestbook, go to: mvfh.org

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