Arlene Schmidt of the Keyser Valley section of Scranton peacefully passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021, at Hospice of the Sacred Heart after a brief illness.
Arlene was born Dec. 16, 1943, to the late Mildred Black Schmidt. Arlene was raised by her maternal grandparents, the late James and Marian Black. She graduated from West Scranton High School in 1961, after which she went to work as a bookkeeper for Alfred Jordan for 40 years and subsequently retired from McGrail, Merkel and Quinn.
Arlene was a proud member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority for 60 years and enjoyed attending weekly services at Berean Church, as well as its Tuesday evening Bible studies. Arlene was the life of any gathering, and there were many. Whether sitting lakeside with lifelong friends, playing bingo, taking her chances at the casino or visiting with family, Arlene had an infectious personality, wicked sense of humor and a zest for life that will be missed by all that knew and loved her.
The family would like to thank Maureen Cieciorka and Laura Eber for the loving care they provided Arlene while she was home, and to all the staff at Hospice of the Sacred Heart who cared for her at home and during her brief stay in their facility.
Surviving are her two grandchildren, Sydney and Ian Schmidt, Factoryville; sister, Marian Montana and husband, Mario, Dunmore; niece, Marlo Montana; and nephew, Mark Montana; and several cousins.
Arlene recently suffered the passing of her beloved son, James "Jimmy" Schmidt, in July. Knowing they are together again brings the family a measure of comfort. In addition to her son, preceding Arlene in death were brothers, James, Carl, Robert and Frank.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 10 a.m. in the Solfanelli-Fiorillo Funeral Home Inc., 1030 N. Main Ave., with the Rev. James Buchanan, pastor of the Berean Church, 2752 Jackson St., Scranton, as officiant. Family and friends may pay their respects Friday starting at 9 a.m. until the start of service.
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