Arline Standley

Arline E. Standley (Reilein)

Thursday, February 14th, 1918 - Monday, September 21st, 2020
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Dr. Arline Standley, 102, passed away at The Towne House Health Center on Monday, September 21, 2020. Born on February 14, 1918 and raised in Buffalo NY, she excelled in school and throughout her life she loved to read and play her violin. Arline always held a place in her heart for the needs of others and her generosity was passed out to many charitable organizations. She traveled extensively starting at 17 years of age at Wheaton College and then went on a five year assignment in Brazil as a missionary. From then on it was non-stop …...NY, KY, LA, Porto Alegre, Barcelona, University of Iowa (PhD), and finally to Fort Wayne. In 1967 she obtained a professorship in Comparative Literature at the Indiana University at Ft. Wayne where she remained until she retired in 1986. As acting Chair of the English Department for three years, she worked diligently to merge the 2 separate English Departments. Arline is survived by her sister, Nancy Nielsen; nephews: James/Cindy Nielsen & William/Tami Nielsen; grand nephews: Paul & Tim Nielsen; grand nieces: Kirsten/Dan Pickworth & Dana Nielsen; Leslie Nielsen Phelps/Adam Phelps and great grand niece and nephew: Vera & Corbin Pickworth. Another sister, Dorothy Bucaria preceded her in death last year. Beloved close friends that meant so much to Arline are Dr. Hermine van Nuis, Wayne Peterson, Jan Perry, Mark/Debbie Tester, Bev Sorensen and the Ferdinand family along with other friends from Ft. Wayne, Winnipeg, Mesa, and Iowa that have been encouraging over many years. The family thanks the devoted Doctors, Nurses, Aides and others that were involved in her care at The Towne House and Health Center. The family also would like to recognize Chaplain Doug Vogel from Towne House who has been very supportive and will be officiating at the family memorial service. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorial donations go to the Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana (, Towne House Chapel Fund serving community needs, or Trinity Episcopal Church Music Fund. FairHaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services is handling arrangements.
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    FairHaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services
    6557 N Clinton Street
    Fort Wayne, IN 46825
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Wayne Peterson

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Arline’s friendship was one of the joys of my life. I know how sad I feel as a friend, I can only imagine how deeply this loss is felt by her family. Blessings to all.

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