Arlene Virginia (Emery) VanderHeiden, 85, retired from NAS Oceana Commissary, converted children’s books to braille and crocheted quilts for charity

Arlene Virginia (Emery) VanderHeiden (Courtesy of Altmeyer Funeral Homes)
Arlene Virginia (Emery) VanderHeiden (Courtesy of Altmeyer Funeral Homes)

Arlene Virginia (Emery) VanderHeiden, October 23, 1930-December 11, 2015. After a long and brave battle, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend of many, Arlene Virginia (Emery) VanderHeiden died at Sentara Hospice House in Virginia Beach.

Arlene was the third born of four children to Charles and Ruth Emery in Laconia, New Hampshire. She was widowed by her husband of 46 years in October 1996, John Phillip VanderHeiden.

She is survived by her four children; John T. VanderHeiden and his wife Melanie of Pahrump, Nevada, Robert D. VanderHeiden and his wife Donna of Portsmouth, Debra R. Delhommer of Avondale, Louisiana and Thomas W. VanderHeiden and his wife Debbie of Virginia Beach.Grandchildren; John T. VanderHeiden, II of Virginia Beach, Michael VanderHeiden and his wife Kathy of Portsmouth, Kevin Coleman of Louisiana, Amber D. Falcon and her husband James of Westwego, Louisiana, Paul J. VanderHeiden of Chesapeake and Jamie M. VanderHeiden of Fredericksburg. Great-grandchildren; Jessica VanderHeiden, Katelyn Ross, Molly VanderHeiden and Jonathan Coleman. Arlene is also survived by her sister-n-law, June Emery of Laconia, New Hampshire, several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

As a loyal and loving navy wife, Arlene followed her husband to duty stations in Connecticut, Washington, California and finally back to Virginia where he retired from the U.S. Navy. Arlene retired herself from the NAS Oceana Commissary. Arlene enjoyed many hobbies and crafts, but the ones she enjoyed most were related to helping others.  She volunteered at the Windsor Woods Area Library converting children’s books to braille for the blind, and she also crocheted granny square quilts for charity.

Funeral Services and burial will be held 1pm Saturday, December 19,2015 at Colonial Grove Memorial Park 3445 Princess Anne Road in Virginia Beach, where she will be laid to rest with her husband. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Seaside Rehab Center at 1200 Atlantic Shores Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23454, Sentara Hospice House at 3760 Sentara Way, Virginia Beach, VA 23452 or the Disable American Veterans (DAV).

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