Arlene Virginia (Collins) Shears

December 26, 1935 ~ March 21, 2020 (age 84)


SHEARS, Arlene V.
of Kalamazoo, Michigan

Arlene Virginia Shears (Collins) was born on December 26, 1935 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to Richard and Lorena Collins and passed away on March 21, 2020, at the age 84, from the consequences of hypothermia at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Arlene Virginia Shears was raised by her grandparents in Kalamazoo, Michigan, for much of her happy childhood. She was also raised by her parents Richard and Lorena Collins in Kalkaska, Michigan, graduating from Kalkaska High School in 1953. She later married Frank Wrogg from Connecticut. The marriage produced four children: Charlene, Douglas, Frank and Michael. After developing a difficult illness, Arlene lived and worked on her own, later marrying her second husband Richard Shears in 1972. They were very happy together, and Richard Shears cared deeply about Arlene. After his passing in 2001, Arlene lived by herself and in care facilities until her passing on March 21, 2020.

Arlene was a wonderful daughter, wife, niece, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother, always remembering her family with special cards and treating everyone with respect and kindness. She truly enjoyed family gatherings and had a special relationship with her aunt Isabelle Keeley, who was a steady companion and foundation throughout her life.

Arlene was preceded in death by her father Richard Collins in 1983, her first husband Frank Wrogg, her second husband Richard Shears in 2001 and her mother Lorena Austin in 2000.

Surviving are her special aunt Isabelle Keeley, daughter Charlene Dutka (Bob), son Douglas Wrogg (Sandra), son Frank Wrogg (June), son Michael Wrogg (Claudia) and her grandchildren: Joseph Dutka (Amy), Rosemary Ebben (Don), Daniel Wrogg, Mandy Coney (Chris), Anna Wrogg, Jason Wrogg, Joshua Wrogg (Sarah), Christopher Wrogg, Stephanie Wrogg and two great-grandchildren.      

In celebration of Arlene's life, a private funeral service will be held at Langeland Family Funeral Homes Burial & Cremation Services, 622 S Burdick St.,Kalamazoo, MI 49007 and interment will take place at Riverside Cemetery.

We say goodbye to Arlene Virginia Shears, beloved daughter, niece, wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother, a truly kindred and loving spirit, who didn't let her ailments stand in the way of caring about others, especially her children and grandchildren but also animals, who were always dear to her heart. She knew how to enjoy the simple things in life - flowers, sunshine, her family, picnics and pets. She was a faithful supporter of the Humane Society. The family would like to especially thank Isabelle Keeley for all the help she extended to Arlene over the years.

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