Arlys Jean Schwensen

Arlys Jean Schwensen (nee Prange), 93, of Vermilion, died Thursday, October 22, 2020 at Elmcroft of Lorain after a lengthy illness.

 

She was born October 31, 1926 in Detroit, MI and had been a Vermilion resident for the past 70 years.

 

Arlys co-owner Schwensen Bakery with her husband Edward where she worked as the master cake decorator for 40 years.

 

She was a member of the United Church of Christ, Congregational Vermilion, the Junior League, and started the original downtown Vermilion Merchants Association where she served as President. She had also been a volunteer with New Life Hospice and enjoyed baking and was a trained cake decorator. Arlys will be remembered for her love of music and her ability to make people smile.

 

She is survived by her daughter, Jan Eckley of Vermilion; son, David (Deborah) Schwensen of Vermilion; grandchildren, Blake, and Brooke Eckley, Kevin Hanley, and Paul Schwensen.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Schwensen in 1993; parents, Frank and Ella (nee Wavrick) Prange and her brother, Don Prange.

 

Graveside services will be held Monday, October 26, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Maple Grove Cemetery, Vermilion. Reverend Melinda Quellhorst will officiate.

 

The family suggests memorial contributions to the United Church of Christ, Congregational Vermilion, 990 State Rt. 60, Vermilion, OH 44089.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.riddlefuneralhome.com.