Arlene Ann Nicastro | Geauga County Maple Leaf

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Arlene Ann Nicastro was born November 3, 1941 in Cleveland, grew up in Euclid, built a home and raised a family for over 50 years in Chester Township, and moved to Chardon in her final years. She transitioned on December 29, 2021 at Geauga University Hospitals Medical Center at the age of 80.

Arlene graduated from Notre Dame Academy in 1960, then earned her LVN degree and worked as a surgical nurse at Geauga Hospital.

Once her children started school, she became a nurse at Chester Elementary. Later she worked in West Geauga’s In-School Suspension room and eventually Mayfield’s Exclusion Room, where she received the Golden Apple Award. She not only provided tutoring and a safe environment, but also emotional support to students who needed special attention.

In her spare time, she volunteered as a cheerleading counselor for WGHS and worked the ticket and snack counter for WGHS home games.

Organizing events was a favorite pastime. She hosted fun tailgate parties with homemade Italian food from our Winnebago RV, spooky Halloween parties, and homemade baked goods and chocolates were offered year-round.

Arlene has organized numerous charity golf events, led the Geauga Rec Council Bar-BQ (Bab-BQ), volunteered at the gun club to support gun safety and women’s self-defense, has hosted Kenyon Kangaroo Court nights for neighbors and helped raise funds for our schools working Bingo and A Night at the Horse Races.

She also participated in the spaghetti dinner at the annual wine and cheese festival and was a patriotic election worker in numerous elections.

Arlene loved to travel, from Marble Head, Myrtle Beach, Pinehurst and Florida, to Cancun, the Caribbean and Italy.

But her favorite was spending January through April in Huntington Beach, Calif., at a house her son renovated, to visit Mike, Cheryl and her grandsons, Christian and Ryan. She cherished the warm daily sun, the palm trees and the walk from downtown to the pier. The grandkids enjoyed many milkshakes at Ruby’s with their Nana and were thrilled to have another fan at their ball games.

Arlene hosted Waffle Offs, cheesecake contests, Clam Bake and regular weekend barbecues. Often, friends from Ohio visited him in Huntington Beach.

After returning to Ohio, Nana sent epic bi-weekly care packages to her grandsons.

Locally, she spent afternoons with her granddaughter Gabriella and supported her daughter Michelle (Tigrou) and Gabi at numerous horse shows. Arlene and her friends have set up a “Food Zone” for their equine family at the Great Geauga County Fair. His favorite horse was Ellie Bellie, a beautiful and gentle soul, Tigger’s tall daughter.

Arlene was generous, not just with her time, but with her heart. She helped anyone in need, especially children in difficulty. She helped them to become confident and successful, to make better choices and to recognize their self-esteem.

She was always carrying dog treats and lottery tickets to distribute to helpful and kind people. Her smile and gracious demeanor were contagious, especially with colleagues, friends, neighbors and family. She was a supportive and loving mother and a fabulous Nana and she will be sorely missed.

Arlene is survived by her (ex) husband, Nick (Hector); and children, Cheryl, Michael and Michelle Nicastro; grandchildren, Christian and Ryan Irwin, and Gabriella Keglovic; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to Debbie and John Nicastro and their families who have shared so much love and laughter with her over the past few years.

Predeceased by her parents, John and Sally Skorich; brothers, Johnny and Jimmy Skorich; stepmother, Polly; sister-in-law, Josie Nicastro; and dear friend Kathy Petersen.

Arlene didn’t want favor. But, if you wish, please donate to your favorite charity in its name.

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