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Arlene E. Berger

July 22, 1929 — August 18, 2017

Arlene E. Berger     “former Oswayo, Pa. resident”

TONAWANDA, N.Y.---Arlene E. Berger, 88, of Tonawanda, formerly of Oswayo, Pa., passed away on Friday, August 18, 2017, in the Schofield Residence in Kenmore.

Born on July 22, 1929 in Galeton, Pa., she was a daughter of Frederick and Ellen Hale Coole.  On May 25, 1957 in Harveys Lake, Pa., she married James T. “Jim” Berger, who survives.

She was a graduate of Salamanca (N.Y.) High School and a graduate of Bryant and Stratton in Buffalo.  Mrs. Berger served in the U.S. Naval Reserves for four years.

She was employed at M & T Bank in Buffalo and later was employed in sales at the former Jenss Department Store in Buffalo.

While living in Oswayo, Mrs. Berger attended the Ellisburg Union Church (now Ellisburg Union Wesleyan Church) in Ellisburg.  She enjoyed quilting, crocheting and needlepoint.  She loved attending church, Bible study, and most especially being with her family.

Surviving besides her husband are a son, Kurt J. (Wendy) Berger of Shinglehouse; a daughter, Gretchen A. (James) Carney of Tonawanda; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Margaret “Peggy” (James) Byrne of Florida; a brother, William (Sharon) Coole of New Albany, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Berger was predeceased by a brother, David Coole; and three sisters, infant twin girls and Phyllis Pease.

Family and friends may call from 6pm to 8pm on Sunday and from 10am to noon on Monday, August 21, 2017 at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at noon on Monday with the Rev. Roy K. Ward, pastor of Ellisburg Union Wesleyan Church, officiating.  Burial will be in Rathbone Cemetery, Coneville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Schofield Residence, 3333 Elmwood Avenue, Kenmore, NY 14217.

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