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November 2, 2022 - November 15, 2014

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Arlene Smeal, 92, of Snyder, died Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Parkview in Dodge. Funeral Mass 10:30am Wednesday at St. Leo Catholic Church in Snyder with Reverend Don Cleary as celebrant. Wake service 7:00pm Tuesday with visitation starting at 3:00pm, both at St Leo in Snyder. Burial at St. Leo Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Leo CCD program and Snyder Library. Arlene Dorothy Smeal was born November 2, 1922 in Olean, Nebraska to Stephen and Elizabeth (Knust) Liekhus. She graduated in 1940 from Howells High School and became a school teacher in Colfax County. On May 24, 1944, Arlene married Raymond Smeal at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Olean. The couple farmed until 1953 and then owned and operated Ray Smeal Transfer. Arlene was a member of St Leo Catholic Church, Ladies Guild, Christian Mothers; she lectored at Mass and taught CCD for many years. Survivors include her children Larry (Lois) of Omaha, Diane Wiese of Central City, Dorothy (Norman) Weber of Wisner, Beverly (Randall) Greer of Omaha, Nadine (John) Ries of Omaha, Rick (Toni) of Snyder, and Randy (Janice) of Ashland; 19 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister Alyce Janata of Howells; sisters-in-law Ardath Smeal of Snyder and Loretta Smeal of Snyder; and brother-in-law Art Kreikemeier of Dodge. Arlene was preceded in death by husband Raymond J. Smeal on June 7, 2007; grandson Nicholas J. Ries; son-in-law Ronald H. Wiese; parents Stephen and Elizabeth Liekhus; parents-in-law Lawrence and Ethel Smeal; brother Dale (Angie) Liekhus; sisters Bernice Kreikemeier, Iona (George) Landenklos, sisters-in-law Eileen (Anton) Bose, brothers-in-law Joe Janata, Bill Smeal, Don Smeal, and Ray Renter. Stokely Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Visit Arlene’s living obituary at