Arlene Roberta Rainelli

Date of Death: 1/16/2018

Arlene Roberta Rainelli

July 3, 1924 – January 16, 2018

Arlene Roberta Rainelli, 93, Hollidaysburg, formerly of Altoona, passed away Tuesday at The Lutheran Home at Hollidaysburg.

Arlene was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Robert Emmett and Carrie May (Claybaugh) O’Keiff.  She married David Dempsey Rainelli on March 5, 1946.  He preceded her in death on January 26, 2002.

Arlene is survived by special nieces and nephews: Ronalee (Rodney) Bohner of Altoona, Sharon K. O’Keiff of Indiana, PA and James R. (Donna) O’Keiff, Jr. of Rockville, MD; and a half-sister, Karen Grimes of Hatfield.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers: James R. O’Keiff, Sr., and Ronald E. O’Keiff and a nephew, John R. O’Keiff.

Arlene was a 1942 graduate of Altoona High School and retired from the Altoona West District Office of the Prudential Insurance Company as Office Manager, with 21 years of service.

Arlene was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.

She was an avid genealogist and member of the Blair County Genealogical Society.   She volunteered at the society since its beginning until 2002. She was also a member of the Indiana County Historical and Genealogical Society, Adam Holliday Chapter of the NSDAR, National Society of Colonial Dames and General Society of Mayflower Descendants.

Friends will be received from 9:30 am to 10:30 am, Saturday, January 20, 2018 at E. Merrill Smith Funeral Home, Inc., 2309 Broad Avenue, Altoona, PA 16601. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 am, Saturday, January 20, 2018 St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.  Committal will be at Calvary Cemetery.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Holy Trinity Catholic School, 5519 Sixth Avenue, Altoona, PA 16602 in Arlene’s memory.


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