Arlene E. Wilt, 88, passed away peacefully on Feb. 18, 2018, at Mercy Center, Dallas, Pa., after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Prior to her move to Mercy Center, Arlene was a life long resident of the Sunbury area.
She was born May 10, 1929, in Shamokin Dam, one of nine children born to the late Clarence and Elanor Wendt.
Arlene was a 1947 graduate of Selinsgrove High School. Upon graduation, she attended nursing school in Philadelphia.
After receiving her nursing degree, she briefly worked at the Sunbury Community Hospital. She was also a long time employee of retailer JC Penny, retiring in 1990.
On Oct. 20, 1950, she married Boyd "Jack" Wilt and they were married nearly 62 years until Jack's death in May of 2012.
Arlene is survived by her daughter Jackie and husband Jack Laubach; sons, Jeffry and wife Connie, and Jerry and companion Karen. She was also blessed with five grandchildren, Heather Wilt Coco, Christopher Wilt, Logan Laubach, Leigha Laubach and Cory Wilt. Blessings continued with seven great-grandchildren, Darby, Avery and Rylan Laubach, Joseph and Miles Coco, and Riley and Caylee Wilt. She is survived by her siblings, Ed, George, John, Bob and Nancy; and other family members, Jane and Pat Wendt and Lorraine and Carl Bogar.
Arlene was preceded in death by brothers, Donald, Bill and Gene.
Arlene was a life long member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Shamokin Dam. For most of her 88 years she was very active in the church but truly enjoyed her favorite activity, singing in the church choirs sharing her beautiful voice with all.
She and Jack were also very active in the Sunbury Senior Action Center singing and performing with the "Golden Notes" in their many shows in the greater Sunbury area over the years. They enjoyed trips to Atlantic City and family vacations to Ocean City, Md.
Friends will be received from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Jerre Wirt Blank Funeral Home, 395 State St., Sunbury, followed by the funeral at 2.
The family would like to thank the staffs of both Mercy Center, Dallas, and Nottingham Village, Northumberland, as well as Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore, for the compassionate care that Arlene received for the past six years.
In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made in Arlene's memory to your local Alzheimer's chapter or to St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876.
Published on February 19, 2018