Mrs. Frances Wanderlich Arena

09/24/1925 - 04/15/2023


Frances Arena (nee Wanderlich), age 97, formerly of Tonawanda, NY, passed away peacefully on April 15, 2023. She was born on September 24, 1925, in Buffalo, NY.Frances is survived by her children Ken (Sue) of Dade City, FL, Mark of Angola, NY, Patricia (Daniel) of Bracey, VA, Paul (Nancy) of Bracey, VA, and Joseph (Cheryl) of Bradenton, FL, along with eight grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and extended family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Angelo J. Arena, and sisters, Florence, Cecelia, Dorothy, and Josephine. A Mass in her memory will be celebrated on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, at St. Amelia Church in Tonawanda, NY on December 8, 2023 at 7:00 pm. Interment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery where she will be laid to rest beside her loving husband. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Luke's Mission of Mercy, P.O. Box 448, Buffalo, NY, 14215. Rest in peace, Frances. Online condolences may be made through our website, Crowder-Hite-Crews Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Arena family.

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  1. To the Arena Family, especially to our Brother-in-Law, Paul and Nancy; Pat & Dan, Ken & Sue, Mark, & Joe and Cheryl,

    And to Anthony, Emily, & Richard

    We enjoyed many happy times with your Mom & Grandmother in Tonawanda, & Bracey, & Phoenix for many family occasions.

    She was a great cook, fun to be with, and encouraging to our family during times of illness. We will miss her.

    May she rest in peace. We wish you love at this sad time.

    .Larry, Katie & Lauren Katz

  2. Brother In Law to her children

    I got to get a sweet chat with Fran @ Emmily’s Wedding, I enjoyed her enthusiasm that day… a sweet heart Mom.! My condolences to the Arena children and grand kids Frans loss in this Milky Way… we are all stardust.. she was a profound miracle of evolution , as we are all ONE in the great mystery of out existence… love to all the living !!!

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