OSWEGO, NY – Arlene Reynolds Blum, 76, entered her eternal rest on Tuesday January 14, 2014, in the arms of her family.
She was born on September 30, 1937, to the late John “Rusty” and Clara (Paulik) Reynolds and lived her entire life in Oswego.
On July 19, 1958, she married Donald Blum and together they raised their eight children and welcomed 17 grandchildren.
After graduating from Oswego High School in 1955, she worked for Niagara Mohawk until she began her family.
She was very involved in her children’s activities and could frequently be found cheering them on at Little League games – where she coined the term “bleacher blisters,” attending many school concerts and activities, and was fondly dubbed “the uniform lady” for the OHS Marching Buccaneers and concert bands.
But her 17 grandchildren were the center of her universe.
She attended as many of their games, plays and concerts as she could, sometimes traveling hundreds of miles to do so.
She leaves behind a large and loving family: her husband, Don Blum; sons, Gary (Nancy Brown), Lawrence (Cheryl), Christopher (Kathy Clary), Timothy (Carie) and Michael (Amy Orr); and daughters, Jeannine (Eric Kaminski) Blum, Lisa (Michael) Gray and Maureen (Doug) King; and her grandchildren: Christopher Fantom, Amanda (Greg) Wroblewski, Lindsay Fantom, Jeffrey Blum, Kailyn Gray, Paige Blum, Tyler Gray, Timothy Fantom, Christopher Dennis, Craig Blum, Caroline Gray, Evan King, Emilee Guyer, Lauren Blum, Rachel Blum, Abigail King and Nathan Blum.
She is also survived by her sisters, Valerie (Ted) Hill and Emilie (Bob) Manning; and her brothers, David (Donna) Reynolds and Thomas Reynolds.
She was predeceased by her brothers, Michael and Patrick Reynolds.
Funeral services will be held 8:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Church.
Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery.
Calling hours will be held 3-7 p.m. Friday at the Nelson Funeral Home, 11 W. Albany St., Oswego.
Donations in Arlene’s honor may be made to the Parkinson Disease Foundation, PDF.org or the American Heart Disease.