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Arlene J. Green, 76, one of the first women to work on the assembly line at the General Motors engine plant in the Town of Tonawanda, died unexpectedly Tuesday (Sept. 18, 2001) in her Depew home.

The former Arlene Bladenspiel was a 1942 graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and worked as a riveter at Twin Industries in Cheektowaga for more than 20 years before going to work at GM in 1972. She retired in 1988.

She was active in St. Gabriel's Catholic Church in Elma, serving as president of St. Gabriel's Seniors, chairwoman of the Eucharistic ministers and a member of the Ladies Guild and Parish Council and the South Line Crafters.

Her husband of 47 years, Albert W., died in 1996.

She is survived by a son, Albert J. of Depew, and a sister, Jeannette Barciniak of Williamsville.

Prayers will be said at 8:45 a.m. Saturday in Paul A. Kloc Blossom Chapels, 4680 Clinton St., West Seneca, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in St. Gabriel's Church, 5271 Clinton St., Elma. Burial will be in St. Matthews Cemetery, West Seneca.


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