Arlene C. Paladino

Paladino, Arlene C.

January 23, 1947 – November 1, 2022

She was preceded in death by her husband, James L Paladino and brother Edward Joyce. She is survived by her children: Michelle L. (John) Coniglio, Annette (Ryan) Schmidt, Jimmy (Katie) Paladino, Bobby (Sarah) Paladino; 13 grandchildren: Joe, Cecelia, John, Ava, Gianna Coniglio; Theo, Louie Schmidt; Ethan, Will, Cole, Charlie Paladino; Marty and Edie Paladino; twin sister, Kathleen (Ken) Noonan; brother, Jim Joyce; many nieces and nephews.

VISITATION: Thursday, November 3, 2022, 5:00-7:00PM, followed by Vigil at 7:00PM, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 4804 Grover St., Omaha.

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Friday, November 4, 2022, 10:30AM, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church.

Interment: Omaha National Cemetery

Memorials will be directed by the family.

Arlene Clare was born January 23, 1947, to Harry and Mary Joyce of Spalding, Nebraska. God, being so pleased with his work, made another exactly like her giving Arlene a twin sister, Kathleen, and then two brothers, Jim “Chick” and Ed “Bing”, to ensure life stayed interesting throughout the years.

Arlene began showing a penchant for crafting at an early age, taking it so far as convincing her siblings to dye snowmen with food coloring to make sure they stood out snazzy in the snow. As young girls, Arlene did nearly everything with her sister including selecting outfits, styling their hair and choosing their vocation.

At the age of 18, Arlene and her sister moved to Council Bluffs, Iowa to enroll in Beauty School at Stewarts where she and Kathleen would live in a small house sharing a single bedroom with a sleeper sofa that was within walking distance from school. After graduating, she accepted a job in Omaha, Nebraska working for Stewarts Hairstyling on 50th and Grover.

Arlene had many favorite things: the color blue, sour cream raisin pie, giving her honest opinion, anything lemon, and a boy named Jim whom she married in August 1969. The two would welcome a daughter, Shelly, in 1970, another, Annette in 1973, a son, Jimmy in 1977 and another, Bobby in 1980.

Always busy and taking charge, she opened her own beauty shop in the basement of their home at 5326 “B” Street where she heard all the gossip but never shared any. Arlene prided herself on a tidy home which she decorated for every holiday (big and small) and insisted she had the right jewelry to compliment her outfit. She spent much of her free time volunteering at school, serving as a girl scout leader, active in the Women’s Guild Craft Circle, and perfecting Christmas cookies and Hamburger Helper.

Despite suffering a stroke at 47 that limited her physical abilities, Arlene never submitted to complaining- always declaring, “what good would it do?”- exemplifying what it meant to be a true willing participant in God’s plan.

Arlene continued to embrace the blessings in life:  offering time as a volunteer at Bergan Mercy Hospital, spending time with her 13 grandchildren, “her little darlings,” enjoying outings to dinner, trips to California, Kentucky and Alaska, catching up on the latest in the Spalding Enterprise newspaper and entertaining family with her unexpected and dry sense of humor.

God called Arlene home on November 1, 2022, with her family by her side and Jim lovingly waiting to welcome her.


  • Marilyn Goodrich Posted November 2, 2022 2:59 pm

    So sorry to hear of Arlene’s death. She was a very good friend for many many years. We all will miss her but know she is happy in heaven with Jim, Mary and Harry and Ed.

  • Linda Kantor Posted November 4, 2022 2:42 pm

    Annette. So sorry to hear about your mom. Love the obituary describing your momma. I see where you get your wonderful personality. I know your faith in our Lord and the lovely memories will get you through the grief. Prayers, love & hugs you my friend.

  • Pat Plosky Posted November 5, 2022 4:54 am

    So sad to hear about Arlene passing. She was a good friend and neighbor to me for many years when I lived in Spalding. It was always fun to be included in whatever ‘the twins’ were up to. Remember fondly the Halloween we all constructed
    different Cigarette boxes for the dance. There must have been eight to ten of us. I think we won best costume too! She had a contagious grin and her eyes sparkled. It sounds like she lived a great life.

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