Ali J. (Kempenaar) Arkenbout
Allison Jane (Kempenaar) Arkenbout, 32, of Newton, formerly of Atlanta, Ga., died Monday, June 2, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 7, at the First United Methodist Church in Newton. The family will greet friends from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, June 6, at the Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory. She is survived by her loving husband, Jeremy Arkenbout; and twin sons, Aidan and Julian.
Ali, the daughter of Kendal and Jane (Howard) Kempenaar of Newton, was born Dec. 4, 1981, in Grinnell. A 2000 graduate of Newton Senior High School, she attended the University of Iowa and Georgia State University and worked in accounting for RaceTrac Petroleum, Inc. in Atlanta. She married Jeremy on June 19, 2010, and gave birth to Aidan and Julian on Aug. 17, 2012.
Ali had recovered from two heart surgeries performed last fall to complete mitral valve repair and replacement, and was rehabilitating from Guillain-Barré Syndrome when she suffered a sudden cerebral hemorrhage.
Family members left to honor Ali’s memory are her husband and children; mother, Jane; brother, Adam (Sarah) Kempenaar of Chicago; sister, Melissa (Shawn) Hoy of Portland, Ore.; sister, Megan (Jared) Bazal of Savage, Minn.; sister, Alexis (Craig) Newman of Newton; father- and mother-in-law, James and Cheryl, of Oriskany, Va.; brother-in-law, Joshua Arkenbout of Florida, N.Y.; and 10 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father Kendal, in 2010; and niece, Grace Arkenbout, in 2013.
Memorials in Ali’s name, to benefit Aidan and Julian, may be left at the funeral home or at the church the morning of the service.