Arlene Joyce (DeMenter) Stropich

ESCANABA – Arlene Joyce (DeMenter) Stropich, 84, of Escanaba, passed peacefully at home on Aug. 20, 2014.

Arlene was born Feb. 22, 1930, and was the daughter of Esther and John DeMenter. Arlene was united in marriage to John Stropich on Oct. 1, 1949. Arlene was the proud mother of seven boys, and grandmother and great-grandmother to many more.

Arlene attended All Saints Catholic Grade School and was a 1948 graduate of Gladstone High School. In high school she worked at the Busy Bee Caf and was awarded “Miss Gladstone High School,” an award that was voted for by the school’s faculty. In later years she worked as secretary at Stropich Concrete, and later, Upper Lakes Towing, both family-owned businesses.

Arlene was a member of St. Thomas Church for many years and was extremely active in her church. She loved her church and was head of Bingo for many years, among other things.

Arlene’s priority in life was being mother to eight boys (seven sons and one husband). She was said to be the best mother and wife around by those who knew and loved her. She devoted her life unselfishly to making sure her family had the best home life possible.

Arlene’s hobbies and activities included: bowling, horse shoes, blueberry picking, playing cards, watching Shirley Temple movies, taking the family on picnics, and going with her sisters on an annual trip to Las Vegas. Furthermore, she was a collector of clown dolls, baseball cards, and Beanie Babies.

In later years Arlene took care of her own mother, taking her grocery shopping and doing errands until she was well into her 90s. Arlene was fortunate to have a long, healthy relationship with her mother.

To her siblings, she was known as “NeNe,” and was extremely close with them.

Arlene is survived by her sons, Mike (Merrie), Steve (Diane), Wayne, Richard, Jerry (Janice), Pete (Patti), and Thomas (Nancy). She is also survived by 19 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by sisters, Connie Malnor and Lorraine Nelson; sisters-in-law, Pat DeMenter and Marge (Bob) Webb; and brother-in-law, Bob Stropich.

Arlene was preceded in death by her husband, John; parents, Esther and John DeMenter; brother, John “Buck” DeMenter; brothers-in-law, Gerald Nelson, Bob Malnor, Frank Stropich, and Gary Carlson; and sisters-in-law, Mary Dell Stropich, Gloria Stropich and Ethel Carlson.

The family would like to extended a very special “Thank You” to Cathy and Rachel, Arlene’s caregivers, for their kindness, compassion and tender care.

Visitation will be at the Skradski Family Funeral Home in Escanaba from 2 to 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 25. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Escanaba at 5 p.m. with Rev. Fr. Rick Courier officiating. A luncheon will be served following the services in the fellowship hall. Arlene will be laid to rest in the Fernwood Cemetery in Gladstone.

Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Thomas Catholic Church.

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