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Delores Mary (Lombardi) Arnold

August 26, 1933 ~ July 6, 2021 (age 87)


Delores “Dee", Mary Arnold

Age 87 of Bloomington, Minnesota. Born August 26, 1933 and died July 6, 2021.

A woman of noble character, shaped by humbleness, determined through convictions, and her value found in her family. Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio to Carmen and Mary Lombardi, she was the youngest, "the baby", in the Lombardi family. Her Italian heritage afforded her rich memories through her childhood and built the foundation of her love for authentic Italian cooking and baking, entertaining, gardening, and creating art. Her friendly nature and attraction to shyness led her to a man who caught her discerning eye, Dean Arnold. The spark ignited and the eventual flame drew them together and shortly to marry on November, 24 1951. Through the following years they grew a family with three children, Dean, Cheryl, and then later they had Mark. Minneapolis became the city where they would settle and build strong family roots.

Family was her pride, nurturing and encouraging the importance of love, traditions and faith. Her love of God enveloped her life, a source of affirmation and often inspired her to share her convictions and testimony with acquaintances and friends. A true godly warrior.

Her dedication to marriage blessed her with 70 beautiful years with her "teenage crush”, Dean Arnold who she is now reunited with and wrapped in his loving arms. She will be deeply missed by her children that were the twinkle in her eye, Dean Arnold (Nora), Cheryl (Arnold) Rue (Wade), and Mark; her grandchildren that were her joy, Laura Montiel (Lorenzo), Dean R. (Courtney), Melody and Nolan Arnold; Kymberli (Rue) Kuehn (Dan), Jennifer (Alex), Deanna, and Angela Aldrich (Joshua); Elizabeth Morris (Joe), Hilary, and Olivia; her great grandchildren that were her spark of youth, Tristan, Ava, Adelyn, Dean; Samantha (Luke), Sophia, Caleb, Michael, Gabriel, Jayden; Nicholas and Teddy, and her big sister that was her partner in crime, Angeline Bigler.  Preceded in death by grandson, Jeffery Arnold Rue. A world of gratitude to Fairview Accent Hospice, and the Grace A Home Team who gave her dignified and compassionate care during her going home journey.  

A celebration of her life and faith will be at 10 AM Tuesday July 13, 2021 at the Lakewood Chapel, 3600 Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis. Visitation 5-7 PM Monday July 12,  at the David Lee Chapel, 1220 Wayzata Blvd East in Wayzata. Interment Lakewood Cemetery. For those unable to attend, the service will be live streamed on the funeral home website. Memorials may be directed to donor’s choice. 

"She brings good, all the days of her life”


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July 12, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
David Lee Funeral Chapel
1220 East Wayzata Blvd
Wayzata, MN 55391

Celebration of Life
July 13, 2021

10:00 AM
Lakewood Cemetery Chapel, Hennipen Ave, Minneapolis

Video is available for this event

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