April 8, 1929—April 4, 2019
Longview resident Arleen Luella Shirley Engebo, age 89, died peacefully at home on April 4, 2019 surrounded by many family members.
She was born on April 8, 1929 in Aberdeen, S.D., to the late Knute and Minnie (Rude) Stohl.
After completing her high school education in Aberdeen, she moved with her family to Olympia, where she entered the St. Peter Hospital School of Nursing. She was graduated as a registered nurse in 1950 and began working at St. Peter Hospital before moving to Seattle, where she took additional classes at Seattle University while working at Virginia Mason Hospital. On June 13, 1953 she married Gerald “Jerry” Engebo, whom she had met in Olympia. The couple lived in Seattle, Olympia and Edmonds, Washington before finally settling in Longview in 1956.
Arleen was a loving and devoted mother who raised four children and at the same time worked as a nurse in several areas at St. John Medical Center. In 1957, when she was a maternity patient at the hospital delivering her second child, she was recruited to work at St. John in a career that lasted more than 30 years. She spent the last two years of her working life as an office nurse for Dr. Herbert Minthorn.
After retirement Arleen and her husband traveled extensively, including visits to Philadelphia, New York City, Washington D.C., Toronto, Montreal, Hawaii, Alaska, Mexico, the Caribbean and three trips to Europe. When not traveling, Arleen enjoyed reading, gardening, volunteering, knitting, sewing, computer work and watching her children’s families grow.
Surviving Arleen are her husband Jerry, daughter Susan (David) McDonough, sons David (Cathy) Engebo, Doug (Candi) Engebo of Longview and Chris (Kelly) Engebo of Kelso. She also is survived by ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
She was an active life-long member of the Lutheran Church where she served in many capacities. She was an office volunteer, was involved in the production and printing of newsletters and Sunday bulletins and she knitted dozens of prayer shawls for the church. She also worked in the FISH food program, served in the St. John volunteer office and knitted hats for cancer patients at the hospital. She was a long-time member of the Friends of St. John.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, a sister and many dear friends.
A celebration of Arleen’s life will be held at 11AM on Saturday, April 13th at Emmanuel Lutheran Church with Pastor Dave Martin officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Arleen’s name to Emmanuel Lutheran Church.
Arrangements are by Steele Chapel at Longview Memorial Park and Crematory.