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Arlene P. Allen

December 23, 1918 June 10, 2021
Arlene P. Allen
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Arlene Peterson Allen died peacefully on June 10, 2021. She was 102 years old. Arlene was born on December 23, 1918 during the 1918 influenza pandemic. She was born in Kilbourn, Wisconsin to parents, Emma (nee Kaiser) and Nels Peterson. Within a week of Arlene's birth, both her mother and young sister died from the flu. Arlene was then raised by her loving and devoted aunt and uncle, Kathryn and Michael Conway.

Arlene graduated from Milwaukee-Downer College, now called Lawrence University, a pioneering women's college in the Midwest. Arlene was proud of her college education and was an active member of The American Association of University Women since 1953.

Arlene met William A. Allen while both were doing graduate studies. They were married in 1941, and their marriage spanned an incredible 73 years. The two moved to Michigan where William became an art professor at Wayne State University. In turn, Arlene became active in the Wayne State Faculty Wives Association. Arlene was also an active and longtime member of Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Birmingham.

Arlene is survived by her loving son, The Rev. Michael (Lynda) Allen and her two cherished grandsons, Alex (Kristena) and Will Allen. Arlene is preceded in death by her husband, William in 2015.

A Funeral Service will be held at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2225 E. 14 Mile Road, Birmingham, Monday, June 21, 2021 at 11am. Friends may visit at church beginning at 10am. Interment will follow in Oakview Cemetery, Royal Oak.


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