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Arlene Thelma Church

Kenai resident Arlene Thelma Church died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2003, at her home. She was 76.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

Ms. Church was born Feb. 19, 1926, in Seattle. She moved to Alaska in 1987, residing in Homer. She moved to Kenai in 1992. While in Washington, she had worked at a sanitarium.

Ms. Church was a member of the Nikiski Senior Citizens Center and the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed crocheting, fishing, traveling, canning and berry picking.

"She was an angel on Earth. She was the glue that bound our family together. She will live on in our hearts forever. Her loving, helping spirit made her well respected and loved by those whose lives she touched," her family said.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Charlotte Pearl Church; son, Arthur Sullenger; brother, Don Church; and sisters, Mildred Smith and Gloria Allen.

She is survived by her daughters, Ardele Trail of Kenai and Anita Sullenger-Bremicker of Homer; son, Arnold Sullenger of Nikiski; grandchildren, Jackie Blom of Kenai, Sherri Michaelson of Soldotna, Cindie Dawson of Soldotna, Krissy Gribbon of Kenai, Robert and Don Gardner of Washington, Arnold Sullenger of Nikiski, Karrie Sullenger of Tacoma, Wash., Lisa Sullenger of Homer, Karen Walrath of Homer, Armond James Sullenger of Kenai and Sharon Sullenger of New Mexico; 22 great-grandchildren; and brothers, Ed Church of Port Orchard, Wash., and Bob Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the family at 47779 Janette Court, Kenai, AK 99611 to help pay for a headstone.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

Source: Peninsula Clarion, January 22, 2003



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