Arlene J. Branch

Arlene J. Branch, 87, of 23 Prescott Place, Saranac Lake, died Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.

Born in Pulaski, New York on June 25, 1929, she was the daughter of Frank and Clair E. (Kelsey) LeBeau.

Arlene attended and graduated from High School in Pulaski. She went on to receive her bachelors of education degree at Cornell University and later received her master’s degree from Xavier University. Arlene had been employed as a dietician for the New York State Department of Corrections for many years until she retired at the age of 83 years old in 2011. She loved doing crossword puzzles, reading and was a member of St. Bernard’s Church.

She is survived by one daughter Jenda Cotton of Saranac Lake, two sons John (Minzheng) Branch of Tennessee and Jamie (Mare Schelz) Branch of Bend, OR, one sister Glenda Clark of Georgia, two brothers Donald (Kathy) LeBeau of Pulaski and James LeBeau of Pulaski, 9 grandchildren Shaun Cotton, Jessica (Ged) LaFever, Kris Cotton and Jasmine Landry all of Saranac Lake, Jonah Schelz-Branch and Hayden Schelz Branch of Bend, OR, PeeJay and Aaron Branch of St. Louis Missouri and Avilena Branch of the Philippines, 8 great grandchildren Ashley Yelle, Mary Yelle, Dakota LaFever, Heaven LaFever, Valerie LaFever, Revan Larriaga, Oliver Larriaga and Harper Landry all of Saranac Lake, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two sisters Helen Parker and Joyce Thompson, one brother Richard LeBeau and one Great Granddaughter Gillian Yelle.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. Funeral services will take place at the convenience of the family.

Friends wishing to remember Arlene J. Branch may make memorial contributions to the Tri-Lakes Humane Society in care of the funeral home. Family and friends can also share their memories and sign the online guestbook at