Life Story: Arlene Rivak, 88; Born In Somerset

Arlene W. Revak, 88, passed away on Oct. 22 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Somerville.

Ms. Revak was born May 7, 1929 in Somerset to the late Carl and Hilma (Wilhelmson) Wahlberg. Arlene resided in Somerset, North Brunswick and New Brunswick. After retiring from Bell Atlantic/Verizon she made San Diego, California her home. In 2015 she returned to New Jersey where she resided at Bridgeway Care and Rehabilitation Center in Hillsborough.

Ms. Revak was predeceased by her former husband, James A. Revak, her daughter, Karen Darlene Revak, her brother, Carl (Merlin) Wahlberg and his wife Katherine (Kay) of Metuchen. She is survived by her daughter, Kathy Cornetto and her husband Kevin of Ringoes, NJ; her son, James W. Revak and his partner Bob Nelson of New York City, NY; her grandchildren, Matthew Cornetto of Glasgow, Scotland and Liesha Cornetto of Ringoes, NJ; her sister, Helny Kaczaraba of Miami, Florida; her niece Pamela Wahlberg and her partner Steve Lucas of Union, NJ; nieces Cynthia McKeown and Lynda Kaczaraba and nephew Bill Kaczaraba, as well as many others who will miss her.

Arlene loved the arts, visiting museums, attending the opera, spending time at Horton’s Plaza and in Balboa park, when she lived in San Diego. She was a woman-before-her-time, who embraced the Women’s Liberation Movement during its infancy and practiced Transcendental Meditation decades before mindfulness became popular. Arlene loved Barry White songs and enjoyed dancing to them, but was especially fond of her coffee.

A memorial service was held on Nov. 26 at Gleason Funeral Home, 1360 Hamilton St., Somerset.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the charity of your choice.


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