Arlene Carey

Arlene P. Carey (Pelaia)

Saturday June 21, 1947 - Saturday April 18, 2020
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Alrene P. Carey

Beloved wife, mother, and Nana, Arlene Pelaia Carey, of Nutley, passed away at age 72 on April 18, 2020. She was born on June 21, 1947 to Joseph and Emily Pelaia in Newark, NJ.
An only child, Arlene graduated with honors from Nutley High School in 1965, and went on to William Paterson, where she graduated in 1969 with her degree in Elementary Education. She began working for the Nutley School system immediately after, where she had a long and distinguished career until her retirement in 2007. She loved all of her students, and always remembered their names when she saw them around town in the future, even teaching many of her first students’ children. Arlene also collected dolls, eventually building her own successful business selling dolls and other collectibles.
Arlene is survived by her loving spouse of 23 years, John Carey, and her two children and their spouses, Vincent Nardiello and Joy, and Jillian Zarr and Chris. Being a nana was her absolute favorite thing in life, and she is survived by her grandchildren Alexander, Benjamin, Lucia and Stella. She was also lucky enough to be grandparent to her two stepsons’ children, Avery, Dylan, Alexandra and Ryan. She leaves many friends who will sadly miss her.

A memorial service to remember Arlene will be held at a future date.

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Filomena Booth

Posted at 11:06am
Arlene and I met at Nutley High and became fast friends. As the years went by, we always kept in touch with each other even though we were separated by thousands of miles. With every long phone call, it felt like we were right back in my kitchen on Prospect St. We shared many laughs and many tears. I will always miss you, my sweet friend. Rest in peace, until we meet again.

Patricia Smith

Posted at 09:20pm
Arlene was a dear friend of mine. We went to Nutley High School and then to college together. We joined a sorority and went on to make many memories. I will treasure each one . Arlene fought a courageous battle with cancer. She was truly ” The little engine “ in this fight. I will miss her tremendously. Patricia Smith

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