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Arlene J. Weir

July 7, 1932 — March 29, 2024

Frankfort, IL

Arlene June Weir (nee Horslev) 

Age 91 of Frankfort, IL, passed away Friday, March 29, 2024, at her home.   
 Arlene was born in Chicago, IL to the late Melvin and Annette (nee Sternhagen) Horslev.  Beloved wife of the late Gavin “Guy” Weir; loving mother of Kimberly (Jim) Dawson, Lynette (Bruce) Smith, and Gavin “Guy” (Michele) Weir; cherished grandmother of Ketra Dawson, Gavin Dawson, Austin Smith, Alexis (Caleb) Henderson, Gavin Weir, and Dillon Weir; proud great grandmother of Avery Henderson; dear sister of Sandy (late Richard) Arcus, David (late Darlene) Horslev; and the late Loraine (late Ed) Raiser; loved aunt, cousin, and friend of many.  Arlene was an alumna of Hirsch High School and subsequently attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, earning a diploma in Interior Design & Decoration.  Upon completing her education, she began working for Marshall Field & Company as an Office Designer, where her creative expertise flourished.  Arlene's captivating beauty was undeniable, with her striking blue eyes and dark hair that never failed to turn heads. One day, while taking a stroll with her closest friend, Ginny, she caught the eye of a handsome young man, Guy, while he was cruising the strip.  A few years later, on July 16, 1955, Arlene and Guy tied the knot in a small ceremony that marked the beginning of their 66-year journey together.  Throughout their lives, they resided in various cities, including Dolton, Homewood, Flossmoor, and Frankfort, while spending their winters in Florida and summers in Michigan, making countless family memories.  Arlene was a devoted mother who always put her family first and was actively involved in their lives.  She centered her world around her children and later, grandchildren, and was a true embodiment of love and kindness.  She was an active member of the 9-Holers League at the Olympia Fields Country Club and enjoyed playing tennis.  She was also a past President and a dedicated member of the Flossmoor Service League.  Arlene was a gifted artist who loved to paint on canvas. Her preferred mediums were watercolors and oils, and she had a natural talent for capturing the beauty of nature.  One of her bird paintings was so stunning that it won her an award.  In addition to her artistic abilities, Arlene was also known for her interior design skills.  She loved using her talents to create beautiful and cozy living spaces in her home.  Her home reflected her warm and welcoming personality.  Arlene was a person who touched the lives of countless people. Her grace, class, kindness, generosity, and selflessness were an inspiration to all who knew her.  In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to the Cancer Support Center, Cancersupportcenter.org, located at 2028 Elm Rd, Homewood, IL 60540. Family and friends are invited to join the family for a Celebration of Arlene’s life on Saturday, May 18, 2024, from 2-4 PM at Olympia Fields Country Club, 2800 Country Club Drive, Olympia Fields, IL 60461.  Inurnment with her husband at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL will be private. For more information, www.kurtzmemorialchapel.com or 815-806-2225.      

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