Arlene Elizabeth Chamberlin Balser, wife of the late William J. Balser and the late Wyllis J. Swartz, peacefully passed away in her Florida home on Saturday, July 13, 2013.
Arlene was born on May 14, 1923, in Windham Center; her parents are the late Homer W. and Lillian Rathburn Chamberlin.
Arlene leaves her two sons, Reid W. Swartz and his wife, Wendy, of Fort Myers, Fla., and Richard W. Balser and his wife, Sharon, of Manchester. She also leaves five grandchildren, Trevor, Tyler Swartz and his wife, Jennifer, and Danielle, Cristina, and Bryan Balser. Arlene also leaves two great-grandsons, Bailey Moser and Reid D. Swartz. Arlene leaves her sister Grace Kingsbury of Manchester, N.H., her sister Verna Phillips and her husband, Edward, of East Windsor, and her sister-in-law Mildred, wife of her late brother, Wallace, of Willimantic.
Arlene was a graduate of Windham High School in Willimantic, Class of 1942. After graduating from Meriden Hospital School of Nursing in 1945 she worked as an R.N. for three years. During her time in nursing school she also served as a Cadet Nurse during World War WII at Fort Devens, Mass. In 1959, Arlene joined the West Hartford Police Department as the department's first policewoman. She retired from the department after 25 years of service.
Arlene was a charter member of the Obwebetuck Grange 206, a member of the Connecticut Association of Women Police, a past president of the Suburban Woman's Club of West Hartford, the Westerly Yacht Club, and a member of the Elmwood Community Church.
A funeral service will be held at the Sheehan Hilborn Breen Funeral Home, 1084 New Britain Ave., West Hartford, at 11 a.m. Friday, July 26, 2013, with burial to follow at the Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford.