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Arlene Pfohl

March 26, 1925 — March 14, 2019

Arlene Elizabeth O'Malley Pfohl, 93, passed away March 14, 2019 in the home she loved with her husband Joe by her side.

Arlene was born March 26th, 1925 to George and Sarah (Hayes) O'Malley, in Geneva NY. Her early years in Geneva revolved around family, friends and St. Stephens Church. She graduated salutatorian form DeSales High School, was honored as queen of the Geneva Fire Department Mardi Gras, worked at Geneva Forge and volunteered at the USO during WWII. Arlene moved to Syracuse when she married Joseph Robert Pfohl Jr. on June 26th, 1948.

She was preceded in death by her mother Sarah, father George, Brother George O'Malley, sisters Virginia Tracy, June O'Malley, Shirley Pfeiffer and an infant son Timothy Pfohl.

Arlene leaves behind her devoted husband Joseph, Sons Stephen (Clare), Christopher (Ann), Joseph Robert III, Patrick (Randee), Michael (Betsy), Daughter Nancy Pearson (Paul), 14 beloved grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Arlene was a beautiful wife, a loving mother, and amazing grand mother and a loyal friend to many.
She took pride in her Catholicism, her country and her Irish heritage. She was passionate about her decade's long involvement with St. Therese Parish, now All Saints Church. Her membership in the Home Bureau resulted in many lifelong friendships.

Arlene loved being the life of the party, giving gifts, sitting in the sun, her home, her side porch, slot machines, lottery tickets, SU Basketball, photo albums, her box of fine wine, Lake Ontario, sunsets, a positive attitude, a good joke, her family and her "Joe".

Arlene was a talented artist. Her cherished paintings were always signed with her signature red heart and grace many homes all around the country. She was especially proud to be asked to create the artistic symbol that welcomes everyone to All Saints Church.

The family thanks Renee Fletcher for her love and support along with Father Fred Daley, Barbara Hadley, Dr. Zirath, Peace at Homecare and Hospice of CNY.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am on Wednesday, March 20th at All Saint's Church, 1340 Lancaster Ave. Syracuse. Calling hours will be on Tuesday from 4-7 pm at Burns-Garfield Funeral Home, 3175 East Genesee St. Syracuse.

Contributions in Arlene's memory can be made to All Saints Church, 1340 Lancaster Ave, Syracuse, NY 13210.
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Service Schedule

Past Services

Life Celebration

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Burns-Garfield "A Life Celebration" Funeral Home

3175 E Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13224

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Mass of Christian Burial

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Starts at 10:00 am (Eastern time)

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