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Arleen B. Silbernagel, 80, of Dent, died on Aug. 19 at Perham Living. A funeral mass was held on Aug. 24 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dent with Father George Michael officiating. Burial was in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Dent.

Arleen was born on March 1, 1933 in Perham, the daughter of Albert and Regina (Dombeck) Sazama. Arleen attended Rose Hill School and Perham High School. She was united in marriage to Charles Silbernagel on June 21, 1955. Arleen worked at the Perham Bakery and at Gould Battery in St. Paul, Minn. She was a homemaker, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Arleen and Charles made their home in Circle Pines, Minn. for 38 years until they retired to their lake home on Marion Lake, Dent, in 1993. Arleen loved to tend to her many flowers, feed the hummingbirds, crochet and collect angels. She loved spending time with family and friends.

Surviving Arleen is her husband of 58 years, Charles; four children, Debra (Mike) Schultz of Isanti, Minn., Gary of Brooklyn Park, Minn., Dale (Merri) of Mora, Minn. and Nancy (Mark) Pederson of Circle Pines, Minn.; 12 grandchildren, Gary Jr., Tonya, Shauna, Joseph, Holli, John Jr., Charissa, Bethany, Erik, Mark Jr., Michael and Adam; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Marcella Silbernagel and Ardell (Marlin) Jorgenson; brothers, Louis Sazama, Michael (Sandy) Sazama, James (Vicky) Sazama, Arthur (Carol) Sazama and Roger (Debra) Sazama; along with many nieces and nephews.

Preceding Arleen in death are her parents; and brothers, Duane and William Sazama.

Schoeneberger Funeral Home, Perham, handled the arrangements. For online condolences, visit