Arliene Crystal Cilz, 88, Rugby, died on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at the Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby.
She was born on July 13, 1925, in Leeds, N.D., to Henry Martin and Cora (Bye) Nelson. She grew up there and graduated from Leeds High School in 1943. She continued her education by graduating from the Good Samaritan School of Nursing - Rugby in 1946, as a registered nurse. During this time of World War II, she was involved with the Cadet Nurses Corps, but was never activated. She worked in hospitals in Rugby, Rolette, and Williston. She was a member of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League and had been a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Willow City.
She married Fredrich "Fred" Werner Cilz on March 28, 1948, in Leeds. She and her husband farmed in the Willow City area until they moved to Rugby in 1994, where she and Fred worshipped at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Rugby. Fred died on Sept. 24, 2005. In the spring of 2013, she entered the Long Term Care Unit of the Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby.
Among many wonderful attributes, Arliene was adored for her infectious laugh, sharp sense of humor, kindness and generosity. She was strong willed, honest and treasured her family. She enjoyed sharing stories and playing cards with family and friends over a cup of coffee at the dinner table. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and friend. She will be profoundly missed by her friends and family.
She is survived by: her daughter, Deborah "Debi" Ziegler, Rugby; two sisters, Shirley Olson, Pullman, Wash., and Mardelle Voiovich, Devils Lake; daughter-in-law, Kathy Cilz, Grand Forks; and 4 grandchildren, DaNae and Derrick Ziegler and Jennifer Hodny and Nicholas Cilz. She also leaves 4 great-grandchildren, Braylen and Taylor, Reagan and Jackson
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, and son, Douglas, in 2003, and also her parents.
A service is not planned at this time. She will be buried next to her husband, Fred Cilz, at the Willow City Memorial Park Cemetery in the spring.
To honor her life, be kind to one another.
Memorials are welcome to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Rugby, the American Heart Association, or a charity of one's preference.
(Niewoehner Funeral Home, Rugby)