Arlene Hitt

Arlene L. Hitt

November 5, 1925 October 5, 2019

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Obituary for Arlene L. Hitt

A celebration of the life of Arlene Louise Hitt. So many memories and thoughts of the most wonderful Mother and Friend that touched her family, and all those that knew her over the long and full life she lived. We were so very blessed to have her on this good earth.

‘Mom’ Arlene passed on in peace and happiness to her heaven in the early morning of October 5th 2019. One month to the day before her 94th birthday. She was born to the Irish/German family Hogan that had come to Ann Arbor in the mid 1800s and lived in their large home at elm tree lined 634 South Main Street. After the war years and marrying Claude Thomas ‘Jack’ Hitt and the birth of a son ‘Brad’ and daughter ‘Dyann,’ they moved along with her father ‘Frank’ to the new west suburbs of Ann Arbor where two more sons were born, ‘Greg’ and ‘Jim’ in the 1950s.

She had the typical occupation of those times for a mother and wife, a ‘homemaker.’ It was a time of happiness for her, raising a young family and running the family home. It was a busy time, and fulfilling, much love shared with everyone she came in contact with. Her and Jack were very much ‘in love’ all their lives in the 63 years of marriage, and the love continued for the 9 years after his passing. That love was felt strongly by all; the children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, friends, and everyday people she came in contract with.

‘Mom’ Arlene was a life-long and active member of Ann Arbor’s Bethlehem Church with her many friends there. It was an important part of her life handed down through generations of Sundays, holidays, and the many church social activities.

‘Mom’ had a beautifully effervescent personality with a calm and gentle voice, and she was easy, enjoyable and just plain fun to be around. She made everyone feel they were ‘special,’ if it was a long term relationship or even a short while. She touched so many with her quick, sometimes unintended, wit (‘Arlene-isms’ we affectionally called them), and natural kindness. She had that quality of someone that you just felt comfortable to be with, and complimented it with an ability to ‘listen’ to everything you had to say with enjoyment and interest, or to help with thoughts and prays. Although she lived to a ‘ripe age,’ she never lost having a child-like quality of being ‘cute’ with a twinkle in her eyes, expressions, and personality. Anyone that knew her knows what this was, and will bring a smile to them. She was also strong willed, but with a gentleness, honest in thought and deed, and a heart we would all look to for strength and inspiration.

We will all miss her loving kindness, but also know that she will always be with us, and in us, in memory and example, each and everyday. Now she is in a place of happiness and peace with ‘Dad’ Jack, Brad, Pat, and those people special to her that preceded her in the path of life.

We Love You So Much. Peace and a Wonderful Life remembered, now and forever.

One of Mom’s favorite poems she had in a frame with a photograph of Dad

In Loving Memory

Those we love don’t go away
They walk beside us everyday
Unseen, unheard, but always near
Still loved, still missed, and very dear
Forever Loving You

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