In Memoriam

Sister Arlene Seckel, OP (Robert Anthony)

Sister Arlene Seckel, OP (Robert Anthony)(1937-2021)

The Detroit of the 1940s – complete with penny candy and Saturdays at the movies – was the environment in which Sister Arlene Seckel had her formative years.

Arlene Rose Seckel was born on August 17, 1937, in Detroit to Robert and Ruth (LaBell) Seckel. She was the couple’s first child, followed by Judy, Melvin, Patricia, Arthur, Kathleen and Donald. Donald came into the family in 1956 after Sister Arlene had entered the convent.

The Seckels lived in a series of rental homes during Sister Arlene’s childhood, and their frequent moves meant she attended multiple elementary schools. When the family moved into a subsidized housing unit on Detroit’s east side, in Holy Name Parish, Arlene became the babysitter for a whole cadre of younger children in the neighborhood, and on Saturdays she would walk all fourteen of the kids to the Nortown Theatre to take in the serials. A local grocery store was a regular stop along the way so everyone could buy their ten cents’ worth of penny candy. Sister Arlene wrote in her life story that she thought she inherited her love of movies from her mother, who even named her oldest after Arlene Dahl the actress.

Read more about Sister Arlene (pdf)

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Avatar  Robin Zieger last yearReply

Thank you for your sense of humor, your wisdom, and for your love. I will always remember the years I came to the covent for visits. Rest in peace Aunt Arlene I love you. Robin

Avatar  Veronica Dale last yearReply

Along with her sister Pat, Sr. Arlene Seckel joined the Christian Service Commission at St. Michael Church in Sterling Heights in 2008. She was a valued member, serving as the CSC representative to the parish council, as backup secretary, and in many other projects throughout the years. In spite of her everyday work, Arlene was always ready to lend a cheerful hand.

Avatar  Mary Mercer last yearReply

Sr. Arlene was my office mate and dear friend for five years here in Phoenix. I miss here all the time.

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