Alena L. Stutsman, 81, Arlington, Washington, went to be with the Lord on May 11, 2013.
She is survived by seven children, Charles (Valerie) Stutsman, Carl (Pamela) Stutsman, Virginia
(Jim) Bennett, Elizabeth Stutsman, Arthur (Pam) Stutsman, Esther (Fred) Zimmerman, Arnold (Lisa) Stutsman. She had eleven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. She is also survived by her three sisters, Ruth Schutz, Ardyce (Edwin) James and Alievia (Harold) James of Boyceville and Downing, Wisconsin.
Alena was born and raised on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. As a child, about the age of 7, she accepted the Lord as her Savior. She graduated from Boyceville High School in 1949 and went on to St. Paul Bible Institute, graduating in 1953. She continued her education at Dunn County Normal School for two years and then continued at Wisconsin State College at River Falls. She graduated from WSC in 1963 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Also, while still a college student, she was able to get some teaching positions in some small country schools, teaching grades one through eight. She taught at Bell School, Emerald and Pine Grove School, Boyceville. She was introduced to King’s Garden Schools in Seattle, Washington and she accepted an invitation to come and teach. The fall of 1963 was the beginning of her ten year career teaching 4th grade at King’s Garden.
In 1972, she was introduced to a man named, Skip Stutsman who was a widower with seven children. They married on August 3, 1973. Alena and Skip were married 38 years before Skip’s passing in 2011.
Alena was a writer of poetry and prose, of which many pieces were published. She enjoyed being a wife and mother, loved her family and friends and loved her God. She will be missed here but is enjoying her heavenly home.
She is predeceased by her parents, August and Lena Schutz, her niece, Marilyn Robey and her husband, Skip Stutsman.
The last 14 months of Alena’s life were spent at a very caring adult family home called Abundant Living in Arlington, Washington.
A memorial service was held May 31, at Smokey Point Community Church, Arlington, Washington. To see a video of her life go to www.floralhillslynnwood.com.