Arlene Devereaux O'Hara

Arlene Devereaux O'Hara of Scranton died Friday evening after a brief illness. She was the widow of John F. O'Hara, who died June 15, 2004.

Born June 25, 1942, in Scranton, daughter of the late Raymond and Catherine (Gaffney) Devereaux, Arlene was a 1960 graduate of Scranton Central High School and a 1964 graduate of Carnegie Tech University in Pittsburgh. She received a master's degree in education from Penn State University. Before her retirement, she was employed as a home economics teacher in the Coatesville Area School District. Arlene was a board member of the Lackawanna County Historical Society and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. She was a past president of the Lake Waynewood Association and a former member of Covenant Presbyterian Church and the Asbury United Methodist Church in Scranton. She was also a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Women's Fraternity.

Arlene was a loving sister and a loyal friend, who enjoyed monthly dinners out with her high school girlfriends. Her summers at the "lake" were times she treasured, and she held her "lake" family close. She was well known for her script writing and costume design for the Sandy Beach shows at the lake.

Surviving are her three brothers, Raymond Devereaux, Camp Hill; Charles Devereaux and wife, Dianna, Scott Twp.; and Terrance Devereaux and wife, Vicki, Lake Waynewood; and nieces and nephews, Steven Devereaux and wife, Meagan; Beth Jordan and husband, William; Cinda Piacitelli and husband, Thomas; Michele O'Malley and Tammi Melassecca. She was also preceded in death by her nephew, Todd Devereaux.

The funeral will be today at 10 a.m. in Asbury United Methodist Church, Monsey Avenue and Delaware Street, Scranton, with the Rev. Arthur W. Davis, pastor, officiating. Friends are asked to go directly to the church. Interment, Dunmore Cemetery.

Arrangments, the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Ave., Scranton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, P.O. Box 4525, Scranton, PA 18505, or the Lackawanna County Historical Society Capital Campaign, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton, PA 18510. For online condolences, visit

Funeral Home

Howard J Snowdon Funeral Home
1810 Sanderson Avenue Scranton, PA 18509
(570) 343-0712

Published in Scranton Times from May 4 to May 6, 2014