Arlene Patti

Arlene Patti

Wednesday, December 19th, 1934 - Monday, January 13th, 2020
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Arlene M. Patti, 85 of St. Cloud, FL formally from St. Joseph, MI passed away on January 13, 2020 with her two daughters by her side.

Arlene was born in Morton Grove, IL on December 19, 1934 to John and Mathilda (Schoenbeck) Conrad. She graduated from St. John’s Catholic School in Benton Harbor and went on to receive a nursing degree from Holy Cross School of Nursing in 1955. She retired as the director of surgery at Lakeland Hospital after a 37 year career to spend time with the love of her life Joseph Patti whom she married in 1956. She was a devoted nurse, an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister. She left an imprint on so many lives.

Arlene found joy in her lifelong friends and family. Providing for her family was paramount. She could not leave a room without her presence being noticed. Arlene never met a stranger that she didn’t strike up a conversation with. She loved playing cards and loved to cook. Arlene always made enough food to feed an army. At her previous residence, she was the president of the Ladies and Gents Club. For many years she and her husband were in charge of the spaghetti dinners that many flocked from all over the area to enjoy. She belonged to the Red Hat Society for many years and loved sharing life with her lady friends.

Arlene is survived by her two beloved daughters, Karin (Phil) Collins from St. Cloud, FL, Laura Pacheco from Camarillo, CA, eight grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, two brothers, John Conrad and Edward Conrad and many others who loved her.

She was preceeded in death by her husband Joseph Patti; her parents; her brother Ray Conrad; her two sisters Frances Arend and Rosemary Conrad and a great grandson Alexander Cole DeLeeuw.

The family would like to thank all the caregivers at Cornerstone Hospice for their wonderful care especially June, Trisha, Chaplain Clark and Gabriel.

Arlene will be cremated and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 A.M. Monday, June 22, 2020 at St. Bernard's Catholic Church 555 E. Delaware, Benton Harbor. Private Burial will take place at North Shore Memory Gardens in Coloma..

Those wishing to sign Arlene’s Memory Book online may do so at
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  • Service

    Monday, June 22nd, 2020 | 11:00am
    Monday, June 22nd, 2020 11:00am
    St. Bernard's Catholic Church - Benton Harbor
    555 E. Delaware
    Benton Harbor, MI 49022
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    Memorial donations in Arlene's name may be made to Caring Circle Hospice.
  • Interment

    North Shore Memory Gardens
    5027 M-63 North
    Coloma, MI 49038
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Bonnie Simmelink

Posted at 12:40pm
Arlene was a very special friend back in the early years (1966) as I babysat for Karen and Lori until I had children and then the girls babysat for me. Made no difference when you dropped in to see them, they were always ready to stop and talk. Kinda lost contact with them when they moved to Florida but thought of them every time I went by their two houses in Stevensville. They were truly one of a kind, and loved them both so much! Bonnie (Tiefenbach) Simmelink

Bonnie Simmelink

Posted at 12:34pm
Arlene was a neighbor from the 60's in Stevensville. I babysat for Karen and Lori and then the girls babysat for my two kids. Joe and Arlene were two of the best, didn't make any difference when you stopped by they were both ready to sit and visit. When they moved a few miles away we still kept in touch but not so much after they retired to Florida. Every time I passed by their houses in Stevensville, I thought of them ... not many like Joe and Arlene! Will miss them but they are safely in God's arms now. Bonnie (Tiefenbach) Simmelink

Carol Adent

Posted at 01:36pm
Thoughts and prayers for Arlene's family. I worked with her and for her in OR as her secretary, Both Arlene and Joe were wonderful people and delightful to know. Rest in peace Arlene. Think of you often.
Carol Adent
Cumming, GA

Elizabeth Carter-Flood

Posted at 12:20pm
Loved Arlene. She was so sweet and well liked at Lakeland all those years. She was also married to an amazing man, Joe. The two of them together...adorable!

Donna Baum

Posted at 04:44pm
I was a neighbor & worked with Arlene at Ladies & Gents, at Lake & Golf Ests. in Winter Haven. Always invited to her dinners with family, she was an amazing friend. She will always be missed by all who knew & loved her. Family & friends can hold onto many happy memories.

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