Arlene Joan HOCHFELD

July 7, 1944October 5, 2018

Arlene Joan Hochfeld was born in Seattle, WA July 7, 1944 to Lucille Kotkins Hochfeld and Richard Hochfeld. She passed away peacefully October 5, 2018 in Bellevue, WA.

Arlene grew up in Magnolia, went to Briarcliff Grade School, Blaine Junior High and Queen Anne High School. She graduated from Arizona State University and taught elementary school on Mercer Island for 30 years, beloved and appreciated by so many. She treasured her students and friendships made with colleagues. Arlene was very creative and had wonderful collection of gifts given to her over the years by her students and friends, especially every kind of Mickey Mouse memorabilia.

She loved being with family and friends and traveling to Las Vegas and area casinos. With a good sense of humor, making people laugh was a joy to her.

Arlene and her family have appreciated the compassionate and understanding care given to her by Lota and others in recent months. Arlene is survived by her loving family and many dear friends. A graveside service will take place at Hills of Eternity, 520 W. Raye St, Seattle, at 11:00 AM Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be sent to Seattle Children’s Hospital or a charity of your choice.


  • Graveside Service Tuesday, October 9, 2018
  • Reception Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Arlene Joan HOCHFELD

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Thelma Ritchie

October 11, 2018

Arlene was my friend, my true friend, and I loved her. I will never forget her. I am so saddened by her passing. She was generous and caring to others, always putting their needs before her own. As a teacher, her impact on the many children she taught will last for their lives. Creativity came naturally, and Arlene accomplished much as the master multi-tasker.

A teaching mentor, Arlene showed me to not forget to have fun in class. To required curriculum, she added, among other special events, gingerbread houses, candied apples, and singing any time, any day. I’m sure her adult former students still remember the names of the states in alphabetical order by reviewing in their minds a song she taught.

Over the years, Arlene and I enjoyed many breakfasts together along with deep Scriptural discussions. She was a seeker and life-long learner, and I will miss Arlene greatly.