Jeanette Ann Arnold, 74, of Clarks Summit, passed away Monday, August 26, 2013. Jeanette grew up in Ridgewood, Queens, N.Y., the daughter of Thomas and Elly Thomsen. Jeanette graduated from Grover Cleveland high school and was first chair violinist in the orchestra. Jeanette was married to Robert J. Arnold on November 9, 1957. She spent her working career at Akzo Salt Co.
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Jeanette was a dedicated member of the Clarks Green United Methodist Church and pioneered the local chapter of the Appalachian Service Project, an organization dedicated to help underprivileged families meet their most basic and essential needs. Providing safe housing and clothing while teaching life skills are the trademarks of its endeavors. In her travels, Jeanette has brought hope and change to the lives of others.
Known to her grandchildren as "Omie," she has always been the rock in the family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend and an inspiration. She has demonstrated extraordinary courage in times of hardship and desperation. She has initiated strong and profound changes in the lives of others. She always put others before herself and expected nothing in return. On any given day, Omie could be found in her sewing room working on outfits for her loved ones while snacking on black licorice and drinking hot tea.
Jeanette was preceded in death by her son, Thomas William Arnold. She is survived by her husband, Robert J. Arnold; and her children, Karen, Debra, and Douglas and his wife, Nancy. Also survived by her sister, Eleanor Watson of La Centre, Wash.; and her nephew and nieces. Jeanette had eight grandchildren, Denise, Megan, Karey, Ryan, Kathryn, Zachary, Evan and Logan; and three great-grandchildren, Thomas, Michael and Avery. Jeanette found comfort with her English Springer Spaniel, Dugan.
Special thanks to Dr. Gordon, Dr. Emanuelson, Dr. Jordan and the caregivers at Hematology & Oncology Associates in Dunmore.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to ASP, Clarks Green United Methodist Church. The viewing will be held Thursday, August 29, from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. at Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home and Cremation Service Inc., 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit, PA 18411. Friends may call Friday, August 30, between 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. at the Clarks Green United Methodist Church with services to follow. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.lawrenceeyoungfu neralhome.com.
Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home
418 S. State St. Clarks Summit, PA 18411
Published in Scranton Times on Aug. 28, 2013