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Arlene B. Dorweiler

August 4, 1936 - June 2, 2014
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When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Arlene B. Dorweiler, who was indeed a born manager. She will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. She was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with her throughout her life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Arlene was an individual who clearly communicated to those around her just who she was and what she was all about. Everyone acquainted with Arlene knew her as a well-respected woman who was a stable force in her community. Her parents were George and Phyllis Fischer. Arlene was raised in Denver, Colorado. Even as a youngster, Arlene learned to be objective and decisive. Her faith in the principles of authority and dependability were something that she carried with her throughout her life. As a young girl, Arlene was able to put her natural abilities to work. She was a bit like the sergeant of the family, helping to make sure that the others did what they should do and that they avoided those things they weren’t supposed to. In other words, she liked to organize and direct. Arlene was raised with three siblings. She had two brothers, twins Bill and Bob, and one sister Lucille. Arlene had an inborn appreciation for the order in the family, allowing for the oldest members to be the most...
When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Arlene B. Dorweiler, who was indeed a born manager. She will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. She was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with her throughout her life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Arlene was an individual who clearly communicated to those around her just who she was and what she was all about. Everyone acquainted with Arlene knew her as a well-respected woman who was a stable force in her community.

Her parents were George and Phyllis Fischer. Arlene was raised in Denver, Colorado. Even as a youngster, Arlene learned to be objective and decisive. Her faith in the principles of authority and dependability were something that she carried with her throughout her life.

As a young girl, Arlene was able to put her natural abilities to work. She was a bit like the sergeant of the family, helping to make sure that the others did what they should do and that they avoided those things they weren’t supposed to. In other words, she liked to organize and direct. Arlene was raised with three siblings. She had two brothers, twins Bill and Bob, and one sister Lucille. Arlene had an inborn appreciation for the order in the family, allowing for the oldest members to be the most respected and to take on the most responsibility. For Arlene, this was a natural order of life, one she gladly embraced.

In school, Arlene was as close to being a model student as one could possibly imagine. She sought to achieve perfect attendance in all of her classes. She would eagerly complete her homework, and often put in extra study time when she felt it was necessary. A logical and focused thinker, Arlene was always good at following directions and meeting her schedules, whether they were set by her teachers or were self-imposed. Arlene’s personal motto could well have been, “Do it right the first time.” She graduated from Lakewood High School in 1954. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was math.

Arlene was sociable and approachable. Because she was always so straightforward in how she approached relationships, friends and family knew that what they saw was always what they got. She enjoyed the camaraderie of being with a group of friends. When Arlene was a member of a group, her interaction worked to keep the others grounded. She wasn’t afraid to confront her friends and, when necessary, she challenged them to stick to the task at hand. Those close to Arlene came to expect her high standards of performance. While growing up, some of her best friends were Alma, Carolyn and Marlene. Later in life, she became friends with Patty and Ross Poole, as well as Chuck and Carol Coleman.

An objective and conscientious individual, Arlene reveled in the security of her family. One of Arlene’s most endearing qualities was her uncanny ability to remember important dates and anniversaries, and her unending enthusiasm for organizing a celebration for her family and friends.

Arlene was ever watchful of her children. She worried about them and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. She maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. Arlene would give her stamp of approval to their requests, as long as she could see how they might benefit. She also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that her children were properly raised. Arlene was blessed with three, two daughters, Sherree and Sharon, and one son John. She was also blessed with six grandchildren, Doug, John, Joseph, Ashley, Dave and Chris.

Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Arlene was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. She was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, Arlene was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. She worked cooperatively and expected the same from her colleagues. In both her personal and professional environments, Arlene upheld her standards. Her primary occupation was housewife. After her children had grown and left home she became an accounts receivable manger. She was employed for 17 years by the Ameritone Paint Company. Arlene was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

Arlene approached her leisure time in the same manner that she approached her life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the nature of things, she appreciated the hours she was able to devote to her various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were photography, playing the piano or organ, spending time with family, playing tennis, and traveling. Arlene was content to enjoy her favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

Playing by the rules was a natural thing for Arlene to do in life and that carried over to her enjoyment of sports. Recreational sports included tennis and bowling. She also was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list was hockey.

Being generous with her time and energy, Arlene liked to belong to a variety of groups and organizations. She was a vocal leader who enjoyed being a part of things. Her desire to uphold traditions and her ability to take charge of any type of project made her a tremendous asset. Throughout her years, Arlene was an active member of the Spanish Trail Tennis Club.

Faith was important to Arlene. She held high moral standards and was worried about the moral decay she saw around her. For that reason she held deep spiritual beliefs that she was willing to share. She was a member of the catholic church.

When it came time to travel or take a vacation, Arlene used her scheduling expertise to make sure everyone and everything was ready to go. That also meant that she made certain no single person was overworked in putting the trip together. Arlene had a knack for making sure that everyone who was involved had their specific tasks and that those tasks were completed. Favorite vacations included visiting Europe.

Arlene was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Arlene’s favorites was Smokey, a German Shepherd. They were best friends for 15 years.

When Arlene’s retirement finally arrived in 1995, she was well prepared. She used her critical evaluation skills to make sure that every detail had been preplanned and attended to. In retirement, she found more time to play tennis as well as play the piano and organ. In many ways, Arlene loved retirement. It provided her with the opportunity to catch up with her friends, attend functions and group outings, and tackle new interesting activities.

Arlene passed away on June 2, 2014 at her home in Las Vegas, Nevada. Arlene fought a brave battle against Alzheimer's. She is survived by her husband Hans; her children Sharon and John; her grandchildren John, Joseph, Doug, Ashley, Dave and Chris; her great-grandchildren Brianna, Desiree, Joseph, Violet, Kellan, McKenna, Morgan, Oliver and Honor. Services were held at Our Lady of Las Vegas. Arlene was laid to rest at Palm Northwest Cemetery in Las Vegas, Nevada.

All who knew her would agree that Arlene was a pillar of the community. She lived her life with her feet firmly on the ground. She had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in her thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. She was willing to share her ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. Arlene B. Dorweiler did her best to ensure that her family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life she touched was given the chance to become a better person.

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"Hans and family. I just learned of Arlene's passing. Please accept my deepest condolences. I have many good memories of her. She was a good person." Rich Schoenfeld (New Braunfels, TX)

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