Arlene Bradley Obituary

Arlene Evelyn Bradley
Arlene Evelyn Bradley

March 15, 1932 - December 27, 2018
Born in Buffalo, New York
Resided in Lutherville, Maryland
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Arlene E. Bradley, Family Matriarch and Friend to Many
March 15, 1932 - December 27, 2018
Arlene Evelyn Bradley (Nee Petri), age 86, formerly of East Aurora, NY, Sarasota, FL, Whidbey Island, WA, Towson, MD; beloved mother of Robert, Jr. (Annette), Steven (Lori), Kathleen (Jake) Vogelsang, Douglas (Carleen), Susan (Ken) Ulrich, Amy (Bret) Bortner and the late Michael, Gregory and Jeffrey Bradley; mother-in-law of Patricia Kilberg and Carrie Frank; loving grandmother of 21 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; dear sister of the late June Szymanski (née Petri); former wife of the late Robert J. Bradley, Sr.
She had a smile that lit up any room she entered and had a way of connecting with people in a spiritual way that allowed them to open their hearts and emotions. She always knew the right thing to say and offered friends and family alike guidance and encouragement in times of need. Based on her own experience, she helped countless people navigate the difficult journey through AA. Her sense of humor and quick wit were undeniable. Morning “coffee talks” with Arlene were legendary and you always left feeling enlightened, and like a weight had been lifted.
Born in Buffalo, NY, Arlene lost both parents at the age of 12 and was raised by her sister June. She graduated from Kensington High School in 1950, and after obtaining her Registered Nurse degree in 1953, worked at Deaconess Hospital before starting her family. She was very well read with an extensive library covering the most diverse subjects imaginable, but her passion was writing where she journaled and documented many of her life experiences. Her biggest joy as a parent came from time spent with her 9 children; later in life she drew great happiness and pleasure from visits by her Grandchildren who affectionately called her “G-Woo”.
As the consummate family matriarch, she devoted her life to her children and Grandchildren. Her love for her family took her to different corners of the country for extended periods of time. She never thought twice about jumping on a plane to be with a family member or friend in their time of need, whether to help during recovery from surgery, witness the birth of a grandchild, or simply be there to lend emotional support.
She thrived meeting new people and seeing different places. Her lifetime experiences included attending hundreds of her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events, family ski trips to Europe and Colorado, completing an Outward-Bound adventure in her 50s, swimming with the Dolphins, travelling multiple times solo cross country in her RV, renting an art studio and taking up abstract painting, founding a house church, and becoming a surrogate Mother to countless people who were drawn to her compassion and engaging personality.
The family also spent many summers at the South Jersey Shore, which always held a special place in her heart. And it was at the shore that her legacy as the family matriarch was forged, by bringing her large family from all over the country together for a week each summer, a gift that continues to strengthen the familial bond right up until this day.
The family will be present Friday (January 18, 2019) from 5-8 PM at the (Orchard Park Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 6170 W. Quaker Rd. (Rte. 20A). Family and friends are invited Saturday at 10:30 AM to attend a Memorial Service celebrated from the First Presbyterian Church of East Aurora, 9 Paine St., East Aurora, NY, 14052. Please assemble at church. Interment to be held privately. The family would like to thank the many caregivers that helped their Mom in her last days, especially Gilchrist Hospice in Baltimore. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Arlene's memory to the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association. Share condolences at




Orchard Park Chapel
6170 W. Quaker Street
Orchard Park, NY US 14127
Friday, January 18, 2019
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Memorial Service
First Presbyterian Church (East Aurora)
9 Paine St.
East Aurora, NY US 14052
Saturday, January 19, 2019
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HCMA - Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association
18 East Main St. Suite 202
Denville, New Jersey USA 07834