Arlene May Opel Lerch

May 27, 1917 ‒ December 31, 2015

Delaware, Ohio

Arlene May Opel Lerch, 98, of Delaware passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2015 at Sarah Moore Home in Delaware.

Arlene was born in Denmark, Ohio on May 27, 1917, the daughter of the late Lawrence and Avis (Fate) Mason. She was a 1935 graduate of Edison High School. Arlene worked as an office manager for Oller Appliances, Delo Screw and Greif Brothers.

She was a member of the Delaware Moose and Delaware Eagles. Arlene enjoyed bowling and baking, but most of all working with people in need.

She is survived by her son, Richard (Connie) Opel; and two grandchildren, Heather and Edward (Anne) Mann.

In addition to her parents, Arlene is preceded in death by first husband, John Edward Opel; second husband, Donald Clarence Lerch; son Lawrence Opel; daughter, Gwendolyn Opel Mann; and three siblings, Ilene, Lowell, and Eugene.

Graveside services will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery on January 11, 2016 at 11:00 AM.

DeVore-Snyder Funeral home in Delaware is honored to serve the family.

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  • Arlene was known to many as “Mom”. She was most certainly an independent woman. One time I called her bluff and said she was stubborn. I never made that mistake again.

    She was always ready and willing to make her pecan pies. She donated some of them every year for the Moose charity dessert auction. She gave away many others as gifts.

    It was my privilege to have visited with Arlene on Christmas day. She was so proud of the artwork that some young visitors made for her.

    Arlene was special in so many ways. May she rest in peace. May God grant peace and comfort to her family and friends.

  • Richard so sorry to about your mom passing. She was a terrific woman. I always enjoyed taking care of her at First Merit Bank. I’m sure she will be missed by a lot of people. She’ll give God a run for his money trying to keep up with her. Terri Paullin

  • Arlene was “one of a kind”. She always had a smile on her face when we would see her and talk with her. She will be missed. Love you Arlene