Arlene M. Vanderburg

May 14, 1930 ~ March 28, 2019 (age 88)


Arlene M. Vanderburg, 88, a longtime Pleasant Grove and Stewartville,MN area resident died on Thursday  (March 28, 2019) of natural causes at Mayo Clinic – Rochester Methodist Campus, where she had been a patient for the past week.

Arlene M. Harris was born on May 14, 1930 in Rochester, Minnesota to Nelsen and Floy (Brown) Harris.  She grew up in Rochester and graduated from Rochester 1948. Arlene was married on April 25, 1949 at the Methodist Church in Rochester, to Robert F. Vanderburg.  Following their marriage, the couple lived in Rochester until 1958 when they moved to Pleasant Grove, by then they had 2 children – Shari and Bruce. In 1962, another son was born Brian.  Arlene was a homemaker and was employed at the Worrel Hospital, Stevenson’s and Donaldson’s Dept. Stores and Greenway Coop, all in Rochester. Mr. Vanderburg was employed by Thompson-Yeager Co. and Brogan Heating and Air Conditioning in Rochester, Minnesota.  The couple moved to Stewartville in 2003 where  they have continued to make their home.  Mr. Vanderburg  died on December 31,  2011. Arlene loved her garden, her flowers, reading romance books and going to the Casino, especially with her sister Violet. She always enjoyed time spent with her family, especially her grandsons. She will be missed very much by her family and friends.

Arlene is survived by her 1 daughter and 2 sons – Shari (Virgil) Elliott of Rochester, MN; Bruce Vanderburg of rural Chatfield, MN and Brian Vanderburg of Stewartville; 2 grandsons – Jason Elliott and Bradley Elliott; her sister –Violet Brownlow of  Rochester and sister-in-law - Betty Harris of Rochester and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband – Robert, her parents, her brother – Donald Harris and brother-in-law – Roger Brownlow.

A time of visitation for family and friends will be held from 2 to 4:00 P.M. on Tuesday (April 2, 2019) at Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery in Pleasant Grove. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. Condolences and memories of Arlene are welcome at

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