Arlene M. Chase of Garden Spot Village, formerly of Springtown, PA, passed from this life on September 7, 2019. Arlene was in the process of creating her own obituary at the time of her death. Her words, below, capture her loving spirit but only begin to hint at the fullness of her life. She writes:
I was fortunate to have been born into a family where my parents loved each other. It was March 27, 1924 when my life began. My childhood was spent in the suburban town of Mineola on Long Island.
I was a happy youngster and teenager, born about five years before the Great Depression which affected my family so much for the next ten years. My Dad lost his job; and we lost our home and a piece of property that we dearly loved in a near-by town. The Depression impacted my Mom more than anyone because she was a homemaker. In most of the families we knew, the moms were also homemakers-most common in those days.
During the Depression years, college was only for the well-to-do. There was no money for those with our means to further their education.
As a young woman, my deepest desire was to marry, be loved and have a family. At 17, I met the love of my life. Bob was a student at Mineola High, the same school I attended but he had graduated two years before. We started dating in August of 1941 just before Pearl Harbor was attacked, marking the beginning of World War II. In September, 1942 he volunteered for service in the U.S. Military. A few weeks later, he was called up.
We wrote daily from 1942, fell more in love each day, and celebrated our "special" marriage in January of 1945 when he was on furlough. After we were married, we traveled around the country as he was in training in the Army Air Corps to serve as a navigator on the B-29 bomber. The morning of our good-bye at the air base in Kansas, the atom bomb was dropped on Japan and even though his foot locker had been shipped to Okinawa, his orders were cancelled and he did not deploy overseas.
We settled into married life. He worked in the pharmaceutical industry. I worked sometimes. But mostly, like the women who were role models in my youth, I became a homemaker, dedicating my life's work to the wellbeing of my family. I have been blessed with wonderful children: Bob, Jr. and his wife Blythe, Gary, Pam and Michael; grandchildren Kristin, Kierra Parlagreco and her husband Joe, Zachary, Rachel, Daniel, Marc Thomas and Rhakeem Stennett; and three great-grands-Chase Frey and Sonoma and Nicolo Parlagreco.
Bob and I shared 72 loving years of marriage until his passing on April 30, 2017. My life brought me much happiness and many blessings. Now I shall meet my God and all those who have gone before me. My dreams were fulfilled.
Services will be held at 11 am Saturday at the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 2101 Northampton Street, Easton. Visiting hours begin at 10 am. Burial will immediately follow the service at Riegelsville Union Cemetery. You can offer online condolences at www.strunkfh.com.
The family wishes to thank the Garden Spot Village staff for years of tender and loving care provided to Arlene and Bob. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Garden Spot Village Benevolent Fund, 433 South Kinzer Ave., New Holland, PA 17557.