Arlin E. Burmester

Arlin E. Burmester, 81, formerly of Caledonia, Minn., passed away Monday, July 17, 2017, at North Shore Healthcare – La Crescent Health Services (formerly, Golden LivingCenter).

He was born on a farm near Eitzen, Minn., on Feb. 16, 1936, to Herman and Margaret (Oesterle) Burmester. Arlin attended rural schools through the eighth grade. He started farming at the age of 17 and continued until 1969, when he moved to Caledonia. After working for several other farmers, he worked for SnoPac Foods, a job he enjoyed. Arlin was known for his beautiful flowers that many people enjoyed looking at. Because of poor health, he moved to Roseview Court in Caledonia in 2011, and later to the Golden Living Center in La Crescent. While living there, Arlin took an interest in painting and coloring and many people enjoyed his pictures.

Survivors include his brother and sister-in-law, Hubert and Iona Burmester; nieces, Mavis (George) Moe, Lori (Bryan) St. Mary, and Suzanne McCarthy; and nephew, Jerry Burmester.

Arlin was preceded in death by his parents and a brother and sister-in-law, Wilbert and Wilma Burmester.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 22, 2017, at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Eitzen, Minn., where he was a life long member. Rev. Todd M. Krueger will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at the church. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Caledonia Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at

The family would like to thank the staff at the Golden LivingCenter in La Crescent for Arlin’s good care.