Date of Birth December 13, 1930
Date Deceased October 31, 2023
Hometown Hornell
Home State N.Y.
Service Date November 7, 2023
Service Time 10 a.m.
Service Location St. Ann's Church, Hornell
Interment Location St. Mary's Cemetery, Town of Fremont

Arlene E. Tobin

HORNELL – Arlene E. Tobin, 92, of Sawyer Street, passed away late Tuesday evening (Oct. 31, 2023) at F.F. Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua, after a recent illness.

Born in Susquehanna, PA on Dec. 13, 1930, she was a daughter of the late Harry and Marie (Moran) Westfall. Besides her parents, she was also predeceased by one sister, Mary Louise Fogarty; and five brothers, Raymond, Allen, Kenneth, Jack and Thomas Westfall.

A graduate of Laurel Hill Academy in Susquehanna, Arlene was also a graduate of St. Joseph’ s Hospital School of Nursing in Elmira, NY where she received her Registered Nurse (RN) certification.

She was a former resident of Binghamton, NY and has resided in Hornell since 1958. After raising her children, she began her 24-year career as a RN at St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell in 1970, retiring in 1994.

Arlene was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and was a communicant of St. Ann’s Church in Hornell where she was a member of the Resurrection Choir.

An avid golfer and Buffalo Bills fan, she also enjoyed traveling, especially to Myrtle Beach, SC to spend the winter months. Most of all she loved to spend time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is lovingly survived by her husband of 67 years, James E. Tobin, who she married at St. John’s Church in Susquehanna on Oct. 13, 1956; five children, Robert (Matilda) Tobin of Long Island, NY, Mary Beth (Charles) Purce of Binghamton, NY, Michael (Megan) Tobin of Boston, MA, James (Julie) Tobin of Hornell and Ann (Marty) O’Connor of Monroe, NY; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours are 3-6 p.m. Monday (Nov. 6, 2023) at the Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home, 285 Main St., Hornell. Relatives and friends are invited to join her family at St. Ann’s Church, 31 Erie Ave., Hornell where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday (Nov. 7, 2023). Committal prayers and interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Town of Fremont.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in her memory to St. Ann’s Church of Our Lady of the Valley Parish, 31 Erie Ave., Hornell, NY 14843. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the funeral home.

The Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home is honored to assist Arlene’s family with the arrangements.

Online condolences or remembrances of Arlene are welcome below in the comment section or on the Facebook page of Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home.


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15 Responses

  1. So sorry to hear of Arlene’s passing. She was the stalwart in the Tobin family. Joanne and I always appreciated her kindness and good conversation. She will surely be missed.

    Joanne and Pat Tobin

  2. So sad. How I loved playing golf with her( and Ruth Harvey and carol.Kemp )She had such a great sense of humor! The 4 of us knew we weren’t ready for the pro tour but what great fun we had ! Love and Prayers to all her family.

  3. Arlene was the epitome of a faithful wife, loving mother, caring nurse, devout Catholic, great neighbor and wonderful human being. As a neighbor for 60 years, she will be missed and remembered kindly. Prayers for the family and all those lucky enough to know her.

  4. Arlene was a great supporter for my Dad in politics. I always enjoyed talking to her and Jim in the grocery store. She was a great lady. My condolences to Jim and family!

  5. Arlene is the mom of my long term and dear friend, Mike Tobin. I had the pleasure of meeting Arlene about 30 years ago and I would heartily nominate her as one of the most unique, light hearted, loving and joyful people I have ever met. I am absolutely certain that Arlene will bless those in her next life as she did in this one. God bless all the Tobin Family.

  6. My thoughts, prayers and love for Arlene’s family. Arlene was just a wonderful lady inside and out. She will be missed by all who knew her. Arlene was just a beautiful lady. RIP Arlene.

  7. So sorry Mike, Megan and Emma. She was a wonderful woman and always happy and filled with love! She was a great mom and a very special grandmother

  8. So sorry to hear of Arlene’s passing. She was a sweet woman. I’ll always remember her and Jim helping Dad with his political ambitions. Condolences to the family.

  9. So very sad and sorry to learn of Arlene’s passing. A wonderful caring, compassionate person. Always enjoyed our conversations. She loved her family above all else. Blessings and Peace to her and her family.

  10. I was so sorry to hear of Mrs. Tobin’s passing. Such a wonderful lady!! Will definitely miss seeing her at the Villa. Thoughts & Prayers to the Tobin Family.

  11. Arlene was a wonderful person who treated everyone like family. Always there to help with a smile along with a sharp wit. Will miss her.

  12. So sorry for your loss. She was a special mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed. Her love will live on in her children and grandchildren. So sorry, Paul and Kathleen Blanchard

  13. My sincere condolences to Mike and the entire Tobin family. May Mrs. Tobin rest in peace.

  14. Arlene was my cousin. We always laughed and had fun while living in Susquehanna – our young years. Then my parents moved us to Elmira and Arlene arrived there for nurse’s training at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Arlene lived with us for some time and it was so much fun. She was the sister I never had. We were bridesmaids in each other’s weddings. We kept in touch only a few times a year, but remained close in spirit. The last time we spoke was in fall and we hashed over some memories and laughed about them all over again. I will miss knowing she is here.

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