Arlene Coffin, 72, of Lake Placid, passed away at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts on Aug. 22 surrounded by her family.
She was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1950 to Edward and Florence Lechtanski. She, along with her sister Charlene (Yates) and parents, moved to Reynoldsburg, Ohio during her grade school years when her father took a job with Western Electric. She attended Reynoldsburg High School, graduating in 1968. Shortly thereafter, she was crowned the second Reynoldsburg Tomato Queen. Arlene attended Ohio University graduating in 1972. She studied interior design, which became a lifelong career and talent.
Arlene was a talented interior designer, florist, calligraphist and gardener. In the 1980s she owned and operated the Kinderhook Collection, where she curated a collection of home furnishings with two of her close friends. Arlene continued her interior design career for the remainder of her life, a highlight was creating the beautiful decor and flower arrangements for her daughter’s wedding in 2013.
Throughout her life, Arlene loved to spend summers in the Adirondacks at Big Wolf Lake.
She had some of her fondest memories at Big Wolf with lifelong friends and family. She loved to swim in the sparkling water, hike the trails with her family, walk through the moss gardens in the meadow and watch the pink water created by Big Wolf sunsets.
As a devoted mother and grandmother, her children and grandchildren were her pride and joy.
She is survived by Spencer (Laura) Coffin, Gregory Coffin and Caren (Chris) Buscovich. She was a loving grandmother known as “Mimi” to her grandchildren Lexi Coffin, Will Coffin and Abe Buscovich. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews, Brock (Joyce) Yates, Brett (Ben) Jump, Berkeley (Temple) Kauffman, Rebecca (James) Kauffman.
A memorial service will be held Oct. 1, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Big Wolf Lake. In lieu of flowers of please consider a donation to TUFTS Medical Center or the National Forest Foundation.