Arla Wood, 83, of Winona, went home to be with her Lord and beloved Bob on December 21, 2018. Arla was a homemaker, seamstress and artist. She enjoyed a variety of hobbies including knitting, bird watching and gardening. She was also an excellent painter who especially enjoyed painting landscapes and blessed many by sharing them. She enjoyed serving her community by knitting baby hats, booties and mittens, taking them to hospitals to be distributed to those in need. Simple things made her smile, such as flowers, butterflies, bingo and Culver’s chocolate shakes.
She loved her family and will be missed. Children include Jim (Cindy) Smalley of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., Brenda (Dave) Robinson of White Bear Lake, Minn., Bruce (Janet) Smalley of Greeley, Colo., Rita (Tim) VanLoon of Winona, Russ (Marianne) Smalley of O’Fallon, Ill., and Scott Sanderson of Malaysia. Siblings include Mary Lou Wille of Jacksonville, Fla., and Lon (Tammy) Schmidt of Baxter, Minn. Stepchildren include Cindy Lenser, Lynda (Dale) Wood-Hegy, and Timothy (Mary) Wood. She was also blessed with many, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A private family service was held on December 26 in La Crosse, Wis., at Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home. Memorials may be sent to Winona Health Foundation/Lake Winona Manor Fund or Winona Health Foundation/Watkin’s Manor Fund.