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Arnie died peacefully on March 24. He would have been 84 on April 12. He was married for 58 years to the most wonderful woman to walk this planet, Judy (née Williams). When she died last March, he somehow found the incredible strength to go on without her. A heroic year without his Judy was enough.
Arnie is survived by his son, Mark (Cynthia) Noet, and daughter, Nancy (Sandy Eichel) Noet, as well as his grandchildren, Isabella, Madeleine, and Aidan. He is also survived by several brothers and a sister, other family members, and friends that he thought of as family.
Born and raised in Milwaukee, Arnie held one job for his entire working life. He was a tool and die maker and proud trade union member for A. O. Smith/Tower Automotive. When he married Judy in 1962, they moved to Wauwatosa and raised their children there. Arnie loved to bowl and golf, and he was skilled at both. He had the awards to prove it; a plaque commemorating the time he bowled a 298, and a small trophy that holds the golf ball he sunk on a hole-in-one in 1993.
Throughout their lives together, Arnie and Judy would take the kids on an annual summer vacation to Woody’s Resort in Boulder Junction, where they enjoyed the beach, fishing, and a cocktail or two with a large group of close friends. Friends they also spent a lot of time with throughout the rest of the year, celebrating birthdays, holidays, and just plain get-together days.
Arnie survived his first heart attack at 28, another at 37, two subsequent bypass surgeries, and multiple pacemaker/defibrillator procedures. He was a true testament to the power of medicine. If he were here, he’d repeat what he often said: “Doctors can help you, but only if you let them.” He literally lived by that mantra, and he would encourage everyone, especially the people he cared about, to do the same.
Arnie’s was a life well lived and loved. Please remember him that way.
As many of you know, an undiagnosed heart condition took Judy away from Arnie last year. In lieu of flowers or gifts, please consider making a donation in Judy’s name to “Go Red for Women” through the American Heart Association at this link: www2.heart.org/site/SPageNavigator/donatenow_goredforwomen.html?s_src=20U2W1UEMG&s_subsrc=give_to_grfw_donate_link . When you make a donation, the website will allow you to enter her name as a tribute. Funds raised go to research and education for heart disease in women.
A service in Arnie’s honor will take place in the near future.
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