E. Arlene Sleasman, 79, of Findlay passed away peacefully at her residence and went to be with her Lord and Savior on January 19, 2018. She was born on April 17, 1938 to the late William F. Durstine and Emma Grace (Blystone) Durstine in Fayette County, Champion, Pennsylvania.
Arlene graduated in 1957 from Connellsville Joint High School, Connellsville, PA. Arlene married Donald R. Sleasman on November 27, 1958. He was the love of her life for 58 years. He preceded her in death on May 27, 2017. Together they raised four children, they had 13 grandsons, 1 granddaughter and 11great-grandchildren. She loved them all so very much. She was known to them as Maw Maw and they gave her such joy. Arlene was also preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Sandra L. Parker; son-in-law, Scott B. Van Heck; grandson, Bryce A. Van Heck; brothers, William A. Durstine and Milton Leroy Durstine; sisters, Shirley M. Hamlin, Jean Santucci, and Gladys Durstine; and a nephew, Mark A. Stillwagon.
Arlene was a homemaker and enjoyed baking her cookies, cakes, and pies. She always had goodies to share. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She was a member of the College First Church of God. In her earlier years of marriage, she and Donald joined the churches bowling league. Arlene liked planting her flowers and a vegetable garden, especially her tomato plants. She enjoyed camping, boating, fishing on Lake Erie, and spending time at her home away from home at Paradise Acres Campground for 25 years.
Arlene is survived by her children, Sharon (Kevin Gossard) Van Heck of Arlington, OH, Rodney (Kerri) Sleasman of Arcadia, OH and Richard (Amy) Sleasman of Findlay, OH; a sister, Janet Durstine of Mammoth, PA; sisters-in-law, Betty DeWitt, Elaine Durstine, Betty Durstine; brother-in-law, Paul Casey Santucci; grandchildren, Nicholas and Jesse Sleasman, Brian (Hannah) Van Heck, Brock Van Heck, Christopher Sleasman, Joshua and Taylor Parker, Dylan Tennison, Matthew (Nicole), Bret, Mark, Seth and Emma Sleasman; great-grandchildren, Peyton, Bostyn and Maddox Sleasman, Bentley Rader, Marli and Lilli Sleasman, Ellie Sleasman, Mack Van Heck, Elizabeth Parker, Ethan and Noah Parker; and numerous nieces and nephews, including her namesake Arlene Freeman.
Arlene was a kind, caring, compassionate person to all who knew her. She was thankful for God’s blessings in her life, especially for her family and friends. She will be forever loved and dearly missed by all.
Friends and family may visit on Thursday, January 25 from 2 – 4 p.m. and 6 – 8 p.m. at HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500). A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Friday, January 26 at 11 a.m. with Pastor William Reist officiating. Interment will follow in Knollcrest Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Arlene’s name may be made to College First Church of God, 1100 N. Main St., Findlay, Ohio 45840 or to the Charity of the Donor’s Choice