Fern Margaret Arndt, 97, of Meriden, passed away peacefully on August 28, 2017. Born in Nova Scotia, Canada on January 22, 1920 to the late Hattie Matheson. Fern was predeceased by her husband, Paul Arndt. She is survived by her sons, Ronald and Roger (JoAnn) Arndt, both of Lebanon; grandchildren, Duane (Donna) Arndt, Tammy (Chris) Deojay, Wendi Arndt, and Gregg (Jennifer) Arndt; great-grandchildren, Amanda Gendron and Jasmine and Megan Arndt; and brother, Lee Smith. Fern came to the Meriden area at a young age and has lived here ever since. As an active parishioner of the St. John Lutheran Parish, she was a member of the Ladies Aide Society. Besides being a homemaker, Fern had been a caretaker for Mr. Howard Houston, a retired mayor of Meriden. She had enjoyed cooking. Fern will be remembered as a loving mother and doting grandmother. Friends are invited to visit with her family on Friday, September 1st from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT-FLATOW FUNERAL HOME, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. A Graveside Service will follow at Gethsemane Cemetery.

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  1. Dear Ronnie and Roger, My brother Ed called me today to let me know that your mother passed away. I was so shocked to hear the news. I vividly remember spending time with you both on your farm, having dinner in your kitchen and seeing your mom and dad. What great times we had. The photo of your mom looks very much as I remember her back in the late fifties and early sixties. She was a great lady. Janet and I now live near Dallas, TX in a retirement golf community. We moved here from Baton Rouge, LA in January of 2015 to be near our two grandchildren. We will pray for you all and your mother. -Dick and Janet Hevey, 438 Long Cove Dr., Fairview, TX 75069

  2. Fern was a care giver in all aspects of her life. She has been a constant in our lives and is sorely missed. We are the better for knowing her.

  3. Dear Ronnie & Roger: Aunt Fern played such a special role in my life and I am so grateful for the time I spent with her. I remember holding her hand as we walked up the hill to check on the Houston’s home and beautiful dogs. Your bright yellow farmhouse always made me happy as did the gorgeous flowers in bloom. Kings in the Corner played on the screened porch was a special memory as was the Charles Chips we got to enjoy during those games. Crawling into bed and having Aunt Fern tuck me in nice and snug always made me feel safe as we waited for Daddy (Uncle Lee) and Alia (Mom) to finish with their wedding, getting the house set up and drive up to Connecticut to pick up us in Bluebird and take us to our new home. Keith and I are grateful that we stopped in to see your mom about 5 years ago when on a road trip to Boston for Keith’s business. We were able to bring our little dogs (Allie and Maddie) in to visit her and also stopped by to see Aunt Ann as well. Please know that we have been reminiscing over the last few weeks and remembering Fern quite fondly. Uncle Lee sends his love.

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