Arlene J. (Jewell) Suehrstedt

March 6, 1929 ~ August 3, 2018 (age 89)

Arlene Jane Suehrstedt (nee Jewell) of Berea, Ohio passed away on August 3, 2018 at the age of 89. She was born to Joseph and Meta Jewell in Pontiac, MI. Arlene graduated from the University of Michigan, where she earned a Master’s degree in Library Science. It was there that she met Richard Henry Suehrstedt whom she married on June 27, 1953. Together they built a strong family and created traditions that included annual explorations of northern Michigan, family scrabble and farkle games and thrift shop gift exchanges.

She was an active member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ and later Christ United Church, serving on many committees and in the choir. She volunteered at the Second Mile shop for Church Street Ministries where she could be found arranging the displays in the window and working the cash register. She also volunteered for many years for the Fairwood School PTA and in the library.

As an avid reader, she enjoyed book discussions with the “Brown Bag Lunch” group over several decades where gossip and laughter became the glue that held the friends together. Her circle of lifelong friends included her college dorm-mates from Martha Cook who met regularly for the remainder of their lives.

Arlene leaves her legacy in the hearts of her family and friends with her boundless love and joy.

She is survived by her three sons Richard J (Karen), Eric (Wendy) and Craig (Lorelei), nine grandchildren Kristen Dereska (Rick), Lauren Van Tress (Jeremy), Megan, Ben, Alec, Amara, Andrew Durniat, Michael Durniat and Kasha Tucker (Matt) and three great-grandchildren Nora, Caroline and Seth. She is preceded in death by her love, Richard and her sister Esther.

We are all grateful for the love support and assistance given to Arlene over the years.

Friends may call on THURSDAY AUGUST 9 FROM 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. at the BAKER, OSINSKI, KENSINGER FUNERAL HOME 206 FRONT ST. BEREA. Funeral service Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the Christ United Church 23114 West Rd. Olmsted Falls, Ohio. Interment Woodvale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Church Street Ministries. (

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