Alice Mae Arndt, 73, was called home on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, following a 3 year illness with metatstatic cancer.

Alice Mae Preston was born on May 19, 1939, in Rochester, Minn., to Harold and Ruth (Clark) Preston. She grew up in rural Chatfield, attended school there, graduating from Chatfield H.S. in 1958. She was married on May 14, 1966, to Gerald Chytracek. Following their marriage the couple lived in rural Simpson, and were later divorced. She was employed at Boyum Foods in Stewartville in their meat department for a number of years and was also employed part-time at Libby, McNeill & Libby Co. in Rochester. She was married on June 20, 1975, in Stewartville to Loren "Butch" Krahn. They lived for short time in Stewartville before moving to rural Chatfield. They were later divorced. She was employed in 1981 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester working 20 years there until her retirement. She was married on June 18, 2005, to Richard K. Arndt and they have made their home in Chatfield. She was a member of Chatfield Lutheran Church. She enjoyed collecting treasures ­ glass ware and figurines, antiquing and going to rummage sales and in earlier years riding horse. She enjoyed time spent with family and friends, attending movies and plays, and dining out. She spent the last few years of her life making memories with everyone she knew.

Although she struggled with her illness for the last few years, she made it her mission to reach out and support others with cancer. Her strength and spirit were an inspiration to many.

She is survived by her husband, Richard; her son, Chris Chytracek of Chatfield; her daughter, Kasey (John) Fousek of Chatfield; step children, Dean (Tina) Arndt of Chatfield; Curt (Jennifer) Arndt of Chatfield; LouAnn (Ron) Piens of Rochester; Hydee (David) Overend of Eyota; five grandchildren, McKenzie Beck, Samantha Fousek, Dustin (Alicia) Arndt, Terry Arndt and Christine Arndt; a sister, Bonnie (Leroy) Growt of Spicewood, Texas, and Paul (Terry) Preston of Spring Valley.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her mother's sister, Aunt Ida, who had a special place in Alice's life.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, April 6, at the Chatfield Lutheran Church in Chatfield, with the Rev. Mark Docken officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com.