Arlene Kendell Goodstein

January 9, 1937April 23, 2021

Arlene Kendell Goodstein – of Swampscott, born in Everett on January 9, 1937 and entered into rest on Friday, April 23, 2021 at the age of 84. Beloved wife of Mike Goodstein with whom she shared 63 years of marriage. Arlene leaves behind her children Mark & Sherri Goodstein and Shari & Robert Munro; her two grandchildren Elizabeth and Samantha Goodstein; and many dear nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents Maurice & Sally Kendell and her sisters Honey Schloss and Harriet Kendell Kessler.

Arlene grew up in Malden, and went to Malden High School where she won State Awards. She went on to graduate from Boston University School of Education with a Bachelors in Education. She taught first grade for several years in Framingham. When Arlene moved to Marblehead she almost immediately became President of ORT, this was the first of her many accomplishments. Arlene was involved in the NE ARC and became campaign chair and then president of the Women’s Division of Federation. Arlene founded the Kendell Gardens with her sister Honey and she also chaired several JCC Show House Fundraisers. She was Vice President of Temple Israel’s Sisterhood and she was involved in many other charities.

Everyone who met Arlene came to love her. She was very special. Arlene will be sorely missed by one and all.

Due to regulations imposed by the Coronavirus Pandemic services will be private.

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Shiva will be held at the family home on Tuesday, April 27th from 2:00 to 7:00PM.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Arlene’s memory to Kendell Gardens, Epstein Hillel School, 6 Community Road, Marblehead, MA 01945.

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lorraine cates

May 8, 2021

My amazing high school friend Aushie [who always gave me her homework to copy] will be dearly missed. We bonded over the early loss of a parent and not sure I would have made it through high school without her quiet presence and generosity. With those beautiful eyes that seemed to project the depth of her experience, she embraced true goodness and true grit. Arlene Kendall Goodstein unequivocally made the world a better place.
RIP xo, lorraine

Barby Comins

May 1, 2021

Mike, I was so sorry to hear of your loss. I remember playing Scotch Foursomes with you many many years ago at Kernwood. Arlene & I competed for the highest score. We always had a lot of fun. I understand she went on to become a good golfer. I quit shortly after those days. Always enjoyed bumping into her while I still lived up there. Alav ha shalom, Arlene.
Barby Comins

Neal Wright

April 26, 2021

Arlene was my neighbor for the past several years she was always smiling and friendly, she brightened each day.
Arlene's sudden passing was a true shock that was sad to learn of. I will greatly miss seeing her as will so many others. My sincere condolences to Mike and all of the family. Kind Regards, Neal

Janice Kalp

April 26, 2021

Ushy, as I called her, was my best friend Mindy’s aunt. Her warmth and friendliness always greeted me when I saw her. A wonderful daughter, wife, sister, mother and grandmother to her family and friend to all. RIP Janice