ARLENE D. CONKEY (Floerke), age 85, of Madison, WI, formerly of Platteville, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend died on September 8, 2016 after a long illness.
Arlene was born in 1931 in Platteville, WI, daughter of Ernest and Dorothea (Nohns) Floerke. She graduated from Platteville High School and thrived as a legal assistant for over 40 years. She was married to Robert Conkey in 1953 and they were together for 43 years.
Arlene loved life and positively touched everyone she came in contact with. She was an avid gardener who took pride in her many flower and vegetable gardens. Her family enjoyed her great baking skills with her morning sticky buns and carrot cakes. Her trip to Italy was a highlight of her retirement. She loved singing and music, and her favorite performers were Louis Armstrong and Pete Fountain. Arlene was a member of the First English Lutheran Church of Platteville.
Survivors include three children; Carey (Cathleen) Conkey-Finn of Boston, MA; Mark (Gina) Conkey of Rhinelander, WI; Todd (Robin) Conkey of Madison, WI; three grandchildren, Ian, Simon, and Oliver; brother, Robert (Mary Ann) Floerke; brothers-in-law, Rod Docken and Arlan Lewis; sister-in-law, Mercille Floerke; step-brother, Dick (Darlene) Boosted; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Dorothea Floerke; step-father, Rudy Boosted; husband, Robert Conkey; siblings, Marie Docken, Karen Lewis, and Ernest Floerke.
The family would especially like to thank Jack Tiedemann who was such a special friend and brought a twinkle to her beautiful blue eyes.
Rev. Michael Short will officiate a Memorial Service on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Melby Funeral Home in Platteville, WI, with burial at the Hillside cemetery. Visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. until the time of the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association-South Central Wisconsin Chapter http://www.alz.org/scwisc/. Online condolences can be made at www.melbyfh.com.