Arlene A. Saheim – O’Connell, 88 of Eau Claire passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at Dove Healthcare-West.

Arlene was born on March 26, 1928 to Dietrich “Dick” and Ada (Hogberg) Kirchhoff on a farm in the township of Pleasant Valley.  She graduated in 1946 from Eau Claire Senior High School.  On October 15, 1949 she married Marvin Saheim in Eau Claire. After Marvin’s death, she married Robert O’Connell on June 2, 1989.   Arlene worked at Luther Hospital for many years and retired in 1998.  Arlene enjoyed time spent on Prairie Lake, activities with her friends in the Model A-Club, attending church services and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Arlene is survived by her daughter, Sandra Place of Eau Claire; son, Randy (Roxie) Saheim of Eau Claire; step-children, Colleen (James) Spaeth, Michael O’Connell, and Daniel (Sandy) O’Connell; grandchildren, Christine (Jason) Thomas of Eau Claire, Lisa Saheim of Eau Claire, Erik (Johnette) Place of Eau Claire, and John Saheim of Eau Claire; great-grandchildren, Julia, Anna, Skyler, Madelyn, and Cooper; sister, Dorothy McQueen; and brother, Verlyn Kirchhoff.

Arlene was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Saheim; husband, Robert O’Connell; and siblings, Hilda, Violet, Gilbert, Lawrence “Barney”, Ardis, Edna, and Dale.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Mayo Clinic Health Systems-Home Health and Hospice and Dove Healthcare-West for their support and compassion with the care of Arlene.

Funeral services will be on Monday, November 28, 2016 at 1:00 pm at St. Matthew Lutheran Church with Pastor Steve Rutter officiating.  Visitation will begin two hours prior to the services at the church on Monday.  Burial will follow the services at Forest Hill Cemetery.


  1. Sandy & Randy,
    I am sorry to know your mom is now gone, but it’s nice to think of her being back with my mom and their other siblings.

  2. I’m Wanda Lium daughter. When visiting Wanda, we talked with your mom. All the Lium girls knew both Marvin and your mom. I babysat you when you were little. You had great
    parents. Marvin was so funny. I’m sure your mom will be greatly missed, as she was a great person to know. I was saddened to hear of her passing. God bless
    And keep her. My sympathy to all of you.

  3. Sandy and Randy,
    My sincere condolences to you both and your families in the loss of your Mom. I have lots of good memories of the old neighborhood, and those memories certainly include your family. I hope and pray wonderful memories will always warm your hearts.

  4. We were able to visit with Arlene again this summer when the Model A
    Club organized a car show at Dove Health Care West for the residents.
    Bob and Arlene always participated in every event the Model A Club was doing. They especially enjoyed the tour we took along the Mississippi River and stopped at the viewing points.
    Arlene was a wonderful person

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