Arlene Marie (DeBonis) Motter

January 19, 1935 ‒ December 06, 2014

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD:  Arlene Motter passed away on December 6, 2014 after a courageous three year battle with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Arlene was born on January 19, 1935, in Boston, Massachusetts, to Vincent and Catherine (King) DeBonis.

After graduating from Winthrop High School, Arlene worked as a telephone operator. She met Joe Motter while he was stationed at Fort Banks as part of the US Army. Arlene married Joseph Motter on August 22, 1953 in Winthrop, Massachusetts and the two moved to Ohio to begin their new life together.

She also worked for the Ada Ford Foundation and later The Ohio State University – Mansfield Campus. Arlene spent her life raising 4 children, being a homemaker and enjoyed her Miniature Schnauser’s and ‘Kitty Boy’ cat. She also loved feeding birds and tracking the various kinds that came to feed.

She is survived by her loving husband of sixty-one years, her children: Steve Motter (Joy) of Bellville, Ohio, Rick Motter (Deborah) of Sanford, North Carolina, Kim Ocheltree (Bill) of Bellville, Ohio, and Robin Heise (Mark) of Yellow Springs, Ohio, along with nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, her brother John DeBonis of Wakefield, New Hampshire, and her sister Cathy Regan of Hull, Massachusetts.

She was preceded in death by her parents Vincent DeBonis and Catherine (King) DeBonis, her sister Jean DeBonis, and her brother Robert DeBonis.

The Motter family will receive friends Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. Private interment will be in Mansfield Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of North Central Ohio.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Motter family, and encourages messages of sympathy and support be made to them online



  • Robin,
    Death comes and we do not like it. I lost Terry, a friend for 51 years last Saturday–and I say this to share my grief with yours–that we feel an absence that cannot be assuaged, a discomfort because we cannot pick up the phone and hear a familiar voice, and a vague hope that that person is now at peace, and mysterious aware of our feelings of love and gratitude for giving us so much. More than grief and even a low level of anger at death, perhaps it just helps to let that gratitude be more important.

  • So sorry to hear of Arlene’s passing. She was my mother (Marie King Taylor)’s niece. She always remembers Arlene fondly especially the summers at Lynn Beach with all the kids. She always kept the newspaper clipping of her marriage. Please accept our condolences and know she isnt suffering any longer.

  • Arlene and I lived in Winthrop, Ma. we were best pals all through school and beyond. She was a bridesmaid in my wedding and I was one in her wedding.
    Even though Arlene moved to Ohio we still stayed in touch. One time my
    husband and I took our children across country and on our way home to
    Massachusetts we stopped in to see Arlene, Joe and family in Ohio.
    She was a dear friend, one that I will never forget.
    I loved you with all my heart . May you rest in peace until
    we meet again in heaven.
    Your very sad friend, Harriet