Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Arne B. Moeller

Arne B. Moeller, nee Arne Balk-Möller, 85, passed away January 5, 2011. He was born October 6, 1925, in Malmö, Sweden, and completed school and business school there.

In 1952, he sailed to the USA to see the country and was invited to visit Racine by his cousin, Axel Moeller, president of Moeller Manufacturing. He became interested in running a small business and later became president of Ludwig Manufacturing. The company manufactured snap fasteners for which Arne found many new uses.

In 1957, he met Mary Lou Hanson at a welcome dance for new teachers. Four years later they were wed in Stockholm, Wisconsin, the ancestoral home of her great grandfather. Arne enjoyed playing golf and was a member of a golf club in each of the three towns where he owned a home: Racine, Wisconsin, Longboat Key, Florida, and Falsterbo, Sweden. He loved to play chess, and go for long walks on the beach.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou; his sister, Åse Keller; and brother, Ulf Balk-Möller.

Arne enjoyed the wonderful caregivers from Home Instead and Comfort Keepers. He spent the last weeks of his life in Ridgewood Care Center, where he had good treatment and food. He made much progress in walking with Eric Johnson at Home Harbor. He wished to be cremated and his cremains brought to Falsterbo, Sweden, and scattered with his father’s. That will be next spring. Memorials to the Prairie School have been suggested.

803 Main St., Racine (262) 634-7888

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