Arlene A. Werner

MADISON-Arlene Ann Werner, age 75, died peacefully, surrounded by family on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, after a brief illness. 

She was born in Hillsboro, Wis., the daughter of Martha and Albin Novy on Nov. 29, 1941, and the family then moved to Madison in 1943.  Arlene was married to Thomas Krizan on May 21, 1960 and had four children, they were married for 17 years.  On June 14, 1980, she was marred to Jon Werner and they were married for 35 years.  Arlene worked at the Jet Room as a waitress and loved her work immensely.  She always had wonderful memories to share of the day.  She then retired from Wisconsin Cheeseman after 17 years and continued on in her adventures. 

Arlene loved to travel and loved her annual trips with her mother and sister to far away destinations.  She always looked forward to her traditional trips to Minnesota with her daughter and grandchildren.  Arlene’s motto was “believe in your dreams” and her dreams came true when she and her sister and brother-in-law ventured across the countries in Europe, and she was finally able to visit her favorite castle, Neuschwanstein in Germany and Czechoslovakia, where many of her relatives came from. 

Arlene was always full of life and had a personality that would draw you in.  She had many interesting stories to share about where she traveled, what she read or what she saw.  Arlene loved to visit with family and cherished her movie nights with her youngest son, John.  She was very excited when her oldest son, Doug, was able to visit from Florida this past summer. 

Arlene was always lighthearted, kind, gentle, quirky and fun.  Whatever life situation came her way, she carried herself with grace and dignity, even when she received the news of her health. 

Arlene is survived by sons, Douglas Krizan and John Krizan; daughter, Kimberly Huber; grandchildren, Megan and Chloe Huber and Gary Huber; brothers, Wayne (Donna) Novy and James Novy; beloved sister, Janice (Kenneth) Aberle; and many cherished nieces, nephews, many other esteemed family members and dear friends.  She was preceded in death by her beloved infant son; parents; and sister, Darlene. 

Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL AND CREMATION CARE, 5203 Monona Dr., Madison, at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2016. Burial will be held at Highland Memory Gardens. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday. 

Arlene did not get a chance, but wanted to thank the nurses at Turville Bay in Madison, for keeping her comfortable and smiling, as well as the nurses at St. Mary’s Hospital.  Kind words were shared, tears shed and kisses on the head were delivered to Arlene when she decided to go home to her house.  Arlene’s children would also like to express their deepest gratitude to their aunt, Janice, who was able to take care of their mother’s health care needs, which enabled her to come home to her own house and pass away peacefully in her own bed.  Mother was happy when she returned home, she laughed, shared stories and greeted everyone with a smile.  We couldn’t have asked for more.  Peace be with you dear mother and may you always have enough, wherever your new adventures take you!  Love Kimberly, Douglas and John. 

Online condolences may be made at 

Gunderson East
Funeral & Cremation Care
5203 Monona Drive

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