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Arlene Lewis


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Arlene Lewis Obituary
Lewis, Arlene
1938 - 2017
Arlene Katherine (Terembes) Lewis, age 78, of Newton Falls, Ohio, passed away on Monday, September 4, 2017 after a long and courageous battle with kidney disease. Arlene came into this world on Saturday, November 19, 1938, the tenth of eleven children born to the late Paul and Mary (Kozub) Terembes. She was raised in the mining company village of Pitt Gas, Pennsylvania in a tiny brick house overlooking Tenmile Creek. When she was only 17, her father passed away suddenly leaving her mother a widow with two young girls at home. She helped care for her younger sister, Ethel, as well as a niece, Mira, who was also living with them around that time. After graduating from Jefferson High School in 1957, she traveled to Michigan to live with her older sister and worked as a waitress in a dairy bar. She enjoyed those carefree days and often spoke fondly of her time living with Helen and Bob Schroeder. After hanging up her ice cream scoop, she returned to Pit Gas where, one evening, she and her friends decided to attend a Sons of Italy dance. It was there she met the handsome and recently discharged army specialist, Clarence Lewis. They began dating soon after and were married on September 19, 1959. Their blessed union brought forth three children, Judy, Milton, and David. In those early years of their marriage, Arlene was a devoted and resourceful homemaker. She created a comfortable home for her young family despite being frequently uprooted as Clarence worked to secure better and more stable employment as a steelworker and machinist. In their later years, they enjoyed many happy days together traveling around the country on UAW business as Clarence worked as a millwright and served as a committeeman at the Fisher Body Plant in Lordstown, Ohio. Like many of her generation, Arlene's was a life of loving and quiet service to her family. She raised three children while her husband worked afternoon and midnight shifts to make ends meet. While she had a very brief and successful career in retail, her focus was always on her family and she made sure she was available to meet their needs. When her mother could no longer care for herself alone, Arlene and Clarence made a place for her in their home and Arlene cared for her until her death in 1982. As Clarence slowly succumbed to kidney disease, she also took care of him until he passed in 2002. She enjoyed bingo, spoiling her grandchildren, and traveling with Clarence in their customized van. She especially enjoyed seeing all the Terembes clan at their annual reunions in Uniontown. Her friends would say she was generous with what she had and with her time. She was fun to be around and had a quick laugh, a keen mind, and a rather wicked sense of humor. While you may have endured a bit of teasing now and then around her, you always know how she felt about you and, if you were family, you always knew you were loved. Baptized and married in St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, she was also a former member of Sts. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Warren, Ohio and St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church in Newton Falls, Ohio. In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Lewis was preceded in death by her brothers Chuck, Paul, and John, and her sisters Margaret, Anne, Helen, Elizabeth (Libby), Eleanor (Jeannie), and Ethel. She is survived by her brother, George. Arlene is also survived by her daughter, Judy Adcock of Columbus, Ohio; her sons, Milton Lewis and wife, Jerri Lybarger of Westerville, Ohio and David Lewis and wife, Renee of Atlanta, Georgia; her two grandsons, Mathew Adcock and Jared Lewis; and three granddaughters, Kelly Lewis, Rachel Lewis, and Megan Lewis. Family and friends will be received in The Skirpan Funeral Home, 135 Park Street, Brownsville, Pennsylvania on Thursday, September 7, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A Panachida service will be held on Friday, September 8 from 10:15 a.m. followed by Divine Liturgy at 11 a.m. in St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, with Rev. Fr. Christopher Burke as Celebrant. A private entombment will follow in Lafayette Cemetery. A Parastas Service will be held on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Funeral Home. Memorial donation can be made to the or to the . www.skirpanfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Sept. 6, 2017
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