Arlene Frances Boscarino

November 26, 1939 - November 15, 2023
Arlene Frances Boscarino

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Arlene Boscarino of Leland, NC, passed peacefully on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 with her family at her side.  Arlene was born in Rockville Centre, NY, on November 26, 1939, to the late William and Dorothea Harms.  She was preceded in death by her husband Tom and brother Robert. She was 83 years of age.

Surviving Arlene is her brother William and her six children, Susan Giordano, Joanne Butler, Thomas Boscarino (Cathleen), Christine Lejman, Kimberly Schaefer (Bryan Rutherford), William Boscarino (Susan), 14 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.

Daughter of an immigrant family Arlene lived the American Dream.  She grew up around New York City and as a girl played on the beaches of Long Island with her large extended family.  Following her graduation from Suffolk County College of NY Arlene served as administrative assistant to Town Planning Boards and Suffolk County College for over 15 years.  After retirement Arlene moved to Asheville, NC where she and Tom lived for over 22 years.  While in Asheville she received a degree from Western Carolina University and went on to work in Marketing at The Biltmore Estate.  She also spent many hours as a hospital Volunteer to later become President of the Auxiliary at Mission Memorial Hospital in Asheville.  In 2012 they moved to Wilmington, NC where Arlene continued her Volunteer work at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Arlene enjoyed her family, travel, her garden, church quilting groups and bible study. She also enjoyed spending time with so many of her family-like friends in Brunswick Forest where she lived.  She was an amazing cook and a master seamstress, skills that she loved sharing with so many of her children and grandchildren. Most of all Arlene was a wonderful mother and grandmother who was there for everyone, always ready to lend her help in any way.  Her perspective and spirit for life will be missed by all that knew her.

Memorial services will be conducted on Saturday, December 30, 2023 at 10:30 AM at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wilmington, NC.  The family will receive friends following the service.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 12 North 6th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 or Lower Cape Fear LifeCare, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington NC 28401.

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  • November 28, 2023
    Gina Brown lit a candle:
    Lit since November 28, 2023 at 11:06:51 PM

  • November 27, 2023
    Donna Nichols says:
    Chris, so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers that God provides you all with peace and comfort as you deal with the loss of your mom.

  • November 26, 2023
    Gina Brown says:
    Arlene is my cousin yet we are more like sisters. We love the sand between our toes, a dip in the Ocean, a warm up in the shallow bays on Short Beach at Jones Beach on L.I. we roller skated every where, picked wild violets for our Mother's; we were in the same Brownie troop and the same class in grade school. We both loved twirling and excelled at it. We loved good old fashion fun together ❤️ 💜 💕 ♥️. I love you Arlene

  • November 26, 2023
    Gina Brown says:
    She is my cousin yet we are sisters; always have been. We loved the sand between our toes, the salt air and a dip in the Ocean; not to mention the warm water shallow pools to warm up in on Short Beach at Jones Beach. We loved quilting as well as working on the family genealogy. It didn't matter we just had old fashion fun when we got together, which was m I st weekend's at the beach. I love you Arlene. Gina (Brown)