Arlene Daffner

Obituary of Arlene Daffner


Arlene Daffner, 84, passed away July 10, 2018 at home surrounded by her loving family. Born October 29, 1933 in Schenectady to Harriet and Morris Johnson. Raised in Schenectady, Arlene attended Schenectady schools, graduating from Nott Terrace High School as a junior. After spending a year at Russell Sage College, she went to work for Knolls Atomic and then married the love of her life, Leonard, following which, she became a devoted wife, mother and homemaker. Arlene is survived by her loving husband Leonard of 65 years; daughters Karen Daffner, Robin Daffner-Dominelli (William Dominelli), Marci Daffner (Jasme Pugliese); also survived by grandchildren Jessica Smith, Joshua Smith (Kayla DuQuette); great-grandsons Nathanyel and Nickolas Smith; grand-fur babies Madison, Bella, and McKenzie; Brother-in-law Gerald Daffner (Mal); Sister-in-law Beverly Daffner; several cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Arlene was a member of Congregation Beth Israel and their sisterhood. The family would like to thank all her caregivers over the past eight months, especially Emily, Josie, and JaHonna; along with doctors, nurses and community hospice (Bonnie and Gina as well as her hairstylist, Lucy.) Please do not send flowers. Instead, please donate to Congregation Beth Israel at 2195 Eastern Parkway, Schenectady, NY 12309 or Community Hospice at 445 New Karner Road, Colonie, NY 12205.


Services at Congregation Beth Israel, 2195 Eastern Parkway, Schenectady, NY on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 1:00pm

A period of mourning (shiva) will take place at the home of Leonard Daffner at 829 Hampton Avenue, Schenectady NY 12309 on Thursday evening, July 12, Friday until 4:00, and Sunday, July 15 through Wednesday, July 18.  For directions or to leave a condolence message for the family, please visit,



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