Shullsburg Obituaries
Arlene "Betty" Kostner of Shullsburg, WI
Arlene Mary “Betty” Kostner, age 91, of Shullsburg, WI, passed away Friday, August 29, 2014, at Lafayette Manor in Darlington, WI. She was born August 18, 1923 in Spragueville, IA, the daughter of Arthur J. and Nina K. (Stromeyer) Downey. Betty graduated from Goose Lake High School in Goose Lake, IA in 1941. She was united in marriage to William Deppe on April 7, 1942 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Preston, IA. They were divorced in February, 1961. Betty married Walter Kostner in December of 1965 in Chicago, IL. He preceded her in death on April 16, 1986. Betty worked in the Maquoketa area at Clinton Engine, Maquoketa Newspaper, Furniture Store, Super Value, and Jack & Jill. She then moved to McHenry, IL, where she lived for several years. In 1984, Betty moved to Shullsburg, where she has resided since to be by her grandchildren.

Betty is survived by three children: William (fiancé Joyce Lansing) Deppe of Maquoketa, IA, Mary J. (Jim Gnade) Deppe of Mercer, WI, and Peggy Steger of rural Shullsburg; three grandchildren: Danielle (Chris Sperry) Steger, Laurel (Matt) Hartung, and Morgan (fiancé McKenzie Cunningham) Steger; four great-grandchildren: Wyatt and Greysen Sperry, and Anna and Hallie Hartung; and one sister: Delores Chenoweth of Tucson, AZ. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son: John Douglas Deppe; one son-in-law: Daniel Steger; and three brothers: Gerald and twins Allen and Hugo Downey. Betty enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who knew her as “cookie grandma”.

A Celebration of Arlene’s Life will be held on Friday September 5, 2014 from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. at her daughter’s home (Peggy Steger, 25422 Aetna Rd, Benton, WI 53803). Burial will be at a later date at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Preston, IA. The O’Flahrity-Erickson Funeral Home in Shullsburg is serving the family. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

The family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Robiolio, Lafayette County Health Dept. and Home Care, Shullsburg Home, Lafayette Manor, and Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County for all the special care given to Arlene.
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