Arlene Alice Finkle, 91, of Great Barrington died Jan. 28, 2018, at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield. She was born April 15, 1926, in New Haven, Connecticut, the daughter of Edward and Myrtle (Davis) McLaughlin. Arlene graduated from the New Marlborough High School class of 1944 and from Berkshire Business College in 1945. She worked as a secretary for Wheeler and Taylor in the 1940s and in the kitchen at the Red Barn and Butternut in the 1960s. Arlene enjoyed gardening and embroidery and attended the Christian Calvary Chapel. She moved to Great Barrington in 1945; then Japan from 1953 to 1956; then Oakland, California in 1957; and the Azores in 1958–59. Arlene’s husband, Harold B. Finkle, whom she married Nov. 23, 1946, in Great Barrington predeceased her Oct. 26, 1997.
Arlene is survived by two sons: Wayne Finkle and wife Sue of Milo, Maine, and Dale Finkle of Great Barrington; three grandsons: Jason, Justin and James; and four great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband Harold B., Arlene was also predeceased by her son Kevin B. Finkle in 1977, daughter-in-law Jodie Finkle and sister Nelva Cronin.
A graveside service for Arlene Alice Finkle will be held Friday, Feb. 2, at 1 p.m. in Mill River Center Cemetery in Mill River. There are no calling hours. BIRCHES-ROY FUNERAL HOME, 33 South St., Great Barrington, MA 01230 is entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be made through birchesroyfuneralservices.com.