Luetta Arensberg

Luetta Pauline "Lulu" Arensberg (Henry)

Wednesday, December 28th, 1927 - Thursday, May 7th, 2020
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Luetta (“Lulu”) Arensberg from Atchison, KS died on May 7, 2020 after a ferocious fight with Covid-19. Luetta had been a resident at Brighton Gardens-Prairie Village KS since June of 2017 where she had many wonderful caregivers, particularly Kerrie, Peggy and Shewaye, as well as Cindy Jo and Sally who coordinated so many marvelous art projects, exercise and other events. Special thanks to the dedicated staff at AdventHealth Shawnee Mission hospital and also to Viata of Everyday Home Healthcare and Connie McRae (Atchison) for helping enrich her later life.

Due to the current pandemic, a private family service will be held with Fr. Jeremy Heppler, OSB and burial will follow at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Atchison KS. Memorial contributions are suggested to the ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION or may be sent in care of the funeral home. Condolences to the family may be placed online through Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home at

Luetta Pauline Arensberg was born on December 28, 1927 near Nortonville Kansas, the daughter of Raymond and Ethel Henry. Luetta grew up on her family’s farm during the depression. Although times were tough-as the youngest of 5 children, Luetta was spoiled by her 3 older brothers and sister. In many of her early family photos-it appears that she was filmed in color while everyone else is in black & white.
During elementary school, Luetta participated in 4-H and was a (feared) debater in high school (and the rest of her life). She attended KU and one of her earliest jobs was teaching school in a 1-room school house. From 1946 to 1953 she was employed by Midwest Grain as the private secretary of Cloud Cray Sr.
On Nov. 4, 1952 she married the love of her life, Lee C. Arensberg, who pre-deceased her on May 27, 2017. They were married for almost 65 years and had a wonderful life together.

She is survived by her children, Lee C. Arensberg (Dan), Mark W. Arensberg (Renny), Janet G. Arensberg and James A. Arensberg (Renee); five grandchildren, Mark C. Arensberg (Katie), Elise C. Arensberg-Byrom (Casey), Briana Arensberg-Smith (Cameron), Annmarie C. Arensberg, Aidan J Arensberg; six great grandchildren Hudson, Georgia and Violet Arensberg and Lincoln and William Smith and Beau Byrom just born April 2, 2020. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee C. Arensberg, parents Raymond and Ethel Henry and her brothers Maurice, Clayton and Elywn Henry and sister Maxine Kottmann.
Luetta was known for her intelligence, competitiveness and limitless energy, as well as her inventive cooking and sarcastic sense of humor. She was extremely resourceful, skeptical, well organized and good at managing everything-including her family’s home-life, while helping Lee manage the family shoe business. Luetta had an enormous work-ethic and always put 150% into whatever she did-including raising her four children-she was the best mother there ever was. Although, she will be sorely missed, Lee has been waiting for her (with a beverage) in hand.
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    Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Chapel
    800 Kansas Ave.
    ATCHISON, KS 66002
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    Private Immediate Family Only Service
    Fr. Jeremy Heppler
  • Interment

    Mt. Calvary Cemetery
    10253 Hwy 7
    ATCHISON, KS 66002
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Joseph and Shirley Kocour

Posted at 11:36pm
Our deepest condolences Jim, Janet, Lee, Mark and all family.
Lulu and Lee were such wonderful people. Joe had the pleasure of knowing them throughout his childhood and as he grew older. Joe remembers Lulu making all of you kids chocolate malts and lots great times at your house with your family. How great Lulu and Lee always were to him and other friends who were ever there to visit.
I still remember when Lulu asked me if I would like to come work for them. Was I ever glad I decided to. Days at work were many of not just the work atmosphere, but smiles and jokes and always feeling so at home with them. They were so wonderful to me . I looked at them as family. As did Joe through the years.
Such wonderful people.
Our prayers are with you all. They will never be forgotten.
Sincerely, Joe & Shirley Kocour

Teresa Ulrich

Posted at 01:44pm
The family of Bob & Maxine (Barber) Ulrich wish to express their condolences on the passing of a much loved and respected lady. Bob & Maxine were from Atchison and knew Lulu when all of them were young. May the memories that linger be those of joy and laughter.

Jim Asher

Posted at 04:19pm
Your folks were always great people to work for and keep me busy for over thirty years. They loved that house and always had something to do to it. Lee could be picky to a fault and LuLu would usually just roll her eyes at some of the things he wanted done. Not sure what that coffee concoction they would whip up in the morning was, but LuLu gave me a cup once, and I was scared to go up on a ladder after. Sorry for your loss guys. Your mom was a fine person. Jim Asher

Karen Moeck

Posted at 04:12pm
Lee and Mark, So sorry for your loss. In sympathy, Karen Pruett Moeck on behalf of the entire Bill and Pat Pruett family

Mark Lacy

Posted at 11:29am
So many memories of being around Aunt LuLu. Always laughs and hugs. Many wonderful holidays spent with the Arensbers over so many years. I cherish them all and the friendships with my cousins. Much love to you from me and Carolyn at this time.

Mark & Carolyn Lacy

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