Arlene Blustein
1942 - 2019
Cornelius, Dodd & Connell Inc. Funeral Home
26 Grove Street
Middletown, NY
Arlene Blustein
June 29, 1942 - December 15, 2019
Middletown, NY
Arlene Blustein was born on June 29, 1942 in the Bronx. Arlene came from a very large and loving family with 12 aunts and uncles and a multitude of first cousins, most of whom resided within a one block radius of her home. During her early years she was free to walk to any of her relative's apartments just as if it was her own home. Arlene was always surrounded by many loving relatives and that family closeness molded her outlook on life. She loved people and people loved her.
Arlene graduated from Hunter College and earned two master's degrees in Gifted Education.
In May of 1963 she accepted a blind date with a man from Brooklyn who turned out to be her future husband, Burt Blustein. They were married on January 25, 1964 and moved to Middletown to raise their family and continue their careers in 1971.
Arlene taught at Mechanicstown Elementary School (now William A. Carter Elementary) in Middletown. When the Middletown School District created a gifted and talented program, Arlene was appointed as the coordinator of the program. After heading the program for approximately twelve years, the program was defunded and Arlene happily went back to full time elementary, teaching mostly fourth grade. She retired in 1999 and stayed very active both in the Middletown community and in her winter home community in Naples, Florida. She was a loving grandmother to her granddaughters who quickly became the focus of Arlene's love and affection; she always maintained a deep interest in their activities, achievements, and successes.
One of her major passions was seeing the world with her husband, Burt. Two days after Burt took the bar exam, they boarded a plane to Europe for a five week tour. Since that first trip, Arlene and Burt agreed that every summer during her vacation from school, they would travel the world. Over the years, they achieved their goal, visiting virtually every location they wished to see, including taking their children and grandchildren on trips to the Caribbean, Mexico, Israel, and Europe.
Arlene is survived by her husband, Burt at home; her children, Michael and Stacey Blustein of Goshen, NY, Glen and Stacy Blustein of Mahwah, NJ; her granddaughters, Hannah, Ileana and Rachel; her sister and brother in law, Carole and Herbert Gary; as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her loving parents, Irving and Helen Rosowsky.
Funeral services will be held at Temple Sinai, 75 Highland Avenue, Middletown, New York on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 12 noon, followed by Shiva which will be held after the burial at the Fairways Clubhouse, 1 Club Way, Middletown, New York and on Thursday, December 19, from 5 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers or other tokens of remembrance please make a memorial contribution to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or to the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation.
Arlene's family would like to thank Dr. Emily Gordon, Dr. Robert Dinsmore, and the oncology nurses at Crystal Run Healthcare for the outstanding and compassionate care they provided to her over the last three and a half years, in addition to the exceptional care she recently received at Orange Regional Medical Center and Valley View Center. Her family would also like to deeply thank her "daughter" Stacey, who cared for her every step of the way over the course of the last few years.
Arrangements by Cornelius, Dodd & Connell Inc Funeral Home
Published by Times Herald-Record from Dec. 16 to Dec. 17, 2019.
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Mrs. Bluestein was my talent pool teacher at Mechanicstown Elementary School when I was in 3rd through 6th grade. I will forever remember her thoughtful and caring nature as she pushed me to do my very best- to think beyond the box. Like so many of her colleagues at that fabled elementary school, she embodied Mr. Carter's mantra of "School is a Feeling." I have carried with me the lessons learned since those days so many years ago. I am a better person for having known her. Thank you for sharing her with so many of us over the years.

She was a treasure that will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Ricky McCormack
December 19, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss. Losing someone so dear is always so painful. Our condolences go out to you and your family. From what I've read of your Mom, she was a very loving amazing woman. Her legacy lives on in the light and spirit you carry. May it always shine bright as a testament of her devotion to her family.
Haydee Furman
December 18, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss! We were so lucky to know Arlene. She was a wonderful neighbor to us and like a grandmother to our children, especially Rachael. Our thoughts, prayers, and love are with you during this difficult time. With love, Amy & Daryl Meyers and family
Amy Meyers
December 18, 2019
Arlene Blustein was a truly professional teacher who made sure that all students were exposed to ways that helped them reach their potential. I was greatly impressed by her enthusiasm and manner when she would teach a lesson in my classroom; and she was very instrumental in my becoming interested in further pursuing gifted education and ways that students could realize the gifts that they had in order to lead a more fulfilling life. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to know such a great person.

Wishing all of the Blustein family peace at this time of loss.
Meg Byrne
December 17, 2019
Arlene was a great teacher and a good friend. I was a teaching assistant and enjoyed being in her classroom. My prayers are with you, Hilda Dunn
Hilda Dunn
December 17, 2019
I'm so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Blustein was my teacher at Mechanicstown for the Gifted program and changed my life. She made me love learning and I always remembered her fondly. May she rest in peace.
Tracy Dempsey
December 17, 2019
Sending love and peace to you and your family.
Bill Dauster
December 17, 2019
Dear Michael, Stacey, and family,
We were so sorry to hear of Arlene's passing. It is so difficult to lose a parent at any age. We hope time and cherished memories ease your pain.
With deepest sympathy,
Alexis and Jonathan
Alexis Eggleton
December 17, 2019
Sincere condolences to the entire Blustein family during this sad time. Arlene was a dedicated teacher, colleague and a good friend. A profound loss.
Linda Elston
December 17, 2019
So sorry to hear this. We were probably neighbors in the Bronx oxoxooxo
Helen Nawrocki
December 17, 2019
Our condolences to the entire Blustein family.May Arlene's memory bring you all strength.Marjorie and David Levinson
David Levinson
December 17, 2019
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