Arlene Sell, 95

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Arlene Sell, 95, died Thursday, February 16, 2017, at her residence in Iowa City.

Arlene Bany Sell, born Aug. 31, 1921, in Tripoli, Iowa, to Edwin and Amanda (Quade) Bany. She was baptized September 25, 1921, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Tripoli, IA, and confirmed June 9, 1935, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, in Independence, IA. She graduated from Tripoli High School. She married Lorenz Sell, July 10, 1941. The couple had one daughter, Kaye. Over the years, they made their home in Tripoli, Clarion, Ellsworth, and West Liberty, IA. Lorenz passed away Aug. 10, 1971.

Arlene worked for Westinghouse Information Services until retiring in December 1983. She then worked for NCS part-time until 1988. Arlene moved to Ecumenical Towers in Iowa City, in 1995. She was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, and was one of the “Friday Folders” at Our Redeemer. She taught Sunday School & Bible School at the various churches she was a member of.

He family includes her daughter, Kaye (Dave) Stoklasa, of Cedar Rapids; affectionately known as Granny to granddaughter, Melinda (Kevin) Dauber, of North Liberty; grandson, Scott (Carrie) Swart of Cedar Rapids; 6 great-grandchildren, Courtney, Blake, and Brady Dauber of North Liberty, Zach Vaughn, and Cadance Swart of Cedar Rapids; Arlene’s two sisters, Josephine Myers of Sioux City, Iowa, and Sandra Regel, of Spokane, Wash.; and four nephews.

Preceding Arlene in death were her husband, Lorenz; parents, brothers-in-law, Richard Regel and George Myers; mother and father-in-law, William and Ella Sell; step brothers-in-law, Roy Soles, and his wife, Lola and Earl Kuker, and his wife, Lee.

Funeral Services were held Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Iowa City with burial at Grace Lutheran Cemetery in Tripoli, Iowa. Memorial donations can be made in her memory to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Iowa City. To share a memory, thought or condolence please go to the funeral home’s website at
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