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Arlene J. (Melvin) Kort

June 15, 1925 ~ February 24, 2019 (age 93)

Hastings resident Arlene J. Kort, 93, passed away Sunday, February 24, 2019, at The Heritage at College View, Hastings, NE.

Services are 2 p.m. Friday, March 1, at First Presbyterian Church in Hastings with Rev. Greg Allen-Pickett officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery in Hastings. Memorials may be given to the Nebraska Leaves No Veterans Behind Scholarship Fund ( - fund 01133020 in honor of her son, Jim). Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Thursday with family present at the funeral home, and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arlene was born June 15, 1925, at Angus, NE to Ervin & Pearl (Peters) Melvin. She graduated from Edgar High School in 1942. She married Walter Hoyt on August 15, 1943, with whom she had three sons. Walter died on May 5, 1978. On January 23, 1982, she married Alvin Kort. Alvin died on April 12, 2008.

Arlene was a talented seamstress who sewed her own clothes as well as some clothes for her husband, sons, and grandchildren. During her career, she worked for Mode O’ Day, J.C. Penney Co. and J.M. McDonald. After retiring she worked part-time for Welcome Wagon and Pooh Corner at First Presbyterian Church. Arlene was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Hastings and had served as a Sunday school teacher for several years. She enjoyed playing cards, dancing, and traveling with her husband until his death and later with special friend Hank Hartig.

Arlene was a committed and loving wife in her over 60 years of marriage to her two beloved husbands. She found particular joy in spending time with her extended family and friends.

Arlene was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Walter Hoyt; husband, Alvin Kort; son, James Hoyt; brothers, Vernon Melvin and William Melvin; sisters, Hazel Powell and Shirley Melvin; and step-daughters-in-law, Linda Kort and Connie Kort.

Sons & Spouses:                     
    Dan & Linda Hoyt - Lincoln, NE
    Chuck & Susan Hoyt - Story City, IA
Step-Sons & Spouse:              
    Loren & Olivia Kort - El Paso, TX
    Larry Kort - Hastings, NE
Step-Daughters & Spouses:    
    Karen & Norm Nykodym - Madison, NE
    Cheryl & Dennis Harder - Grand Island, NE
    Kathy & Max Schroeder - Juniata, NE
Daughter-in-law & Spouse:     
    Pennie & Ken Dunkell - Scottsbluff, NE
Brother & Spouse:                  
    Leland & Viola Melvin - Hastings, NE
Sister in–law:                          
    Judith Melvin - Harvard, NE
Many nieces, nephews, and friends

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