2018-01-11 / Obituaries

Arlene Aranovitch

Arlene Carole Aranovitch passed away peacefully at home on Dec. 29, 2017, after a long illness. She was born on Jan. 22, 1942, in Biddeford and was a lifelong resident of Saco.

Arlene had been an integral part of the Creative Work Systems community in the Biddeford-Saco area since 1974 and enjoyed friendships with many of its members. In addition to many years of doing piece work through work programs, Arlene held jobs at Wendy’s, the Plaza restaurant, Donovan and Donovan and, mostly recently, at Pine Tree Business Solutions until its closure in 2015.

Arlene had been a resident of the Lawn Avenue group home for the past 14 years, where she enjoyed life with her “second family.” She was an animal lover and adored her family pet, Peter the cat. She also liked going to the beach, eating Jewish food, listening to music, dancing, bowling, dining out, working and socializing with friends and family. Arlene was a master jigsaw puzzle-solver and had a remarkable memory for people and animals. She had been a member of Congregation Etz Chaim in Biddeford and delighted in the congregation’s annual Chanukah party for many years.

Arlene will be remembered for her outgoing personality, her strength of character, her fiery spirit, her straightforward attitude and her ability to make people laugh.

She was preceded in death by her father, Alex (Alec) Aranovitch, in 1957 and her dear mother Rose (Rudkin) Aranovitch in 2007.

She is survived by her maternal aunts, Frances Minsky of Peabody, Massachusetts, and Miriam Allen of Framingham, Massachusetts; three generations of cousins, including her legal guardian, Jennie Aranovitch of Biddeford; her housemates; and her amazing team of caretakers, including Janet Williams-Hanson, whose love and commitment to Arlene immeasurably enriched the quality of her life.

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