Brands, Arlene M.

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Arlene M. Brands OXFORD, NJ Arlene M. Brands, 86, a lifelong resident of Oxford, NJ, passed away peacefully on Aug. 5, 2017, under the care of the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, Fredon, NJ. She was born on Feb. 18, 1931 in Oxford, the daughter of the late Kathryn (Pohl) and Frederick Melberger. Arlene’s husband, George Brands, preceded her in death in 2010. They were married for 60 years. Arlene was a graduate of Washington High School, Class of 1948, and also a graduate of The Empire Beauty School. She was the owner of The Unique Beauty Salon, president of the Warren County Hairdresser and Cosmetologist Association and served as a councilwoman on the Oxford Township Committee. She started and organized the Oxford Furnace Young at Heart Senior Citizen Club. With her husband, George, they owned and operated Brands’ Christmas Tree Farm. Her hobbies included baking, dancing, playing bingo, and traveling to Florida with her husband. Arlene was a member of the Oxford Colonial United Methodist Church in Oxford. Arlene is survived by her two sons, Brian and his wife, Suzanne Schott Brands of Washington Twp., NJ, and Brent and his wife, Janice Grillo Brands, of Oxford Twp.; six grandchildren, Scott, Nicholas, Lauren, Stacey, Kyle, and Taylor Brands; a brother, Frederick Melberger Jr. and his wife, Joan, and a sister, Burdean Bell and her husband, Ralph, all of Oxford. Arlene was predeceased by her parents and a brother, Gary P. Melberger. Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made in Arlene’s name to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Ave., Newton, NJ 07860.

Published in The Express Times from Aug. 13 to Aug. 14, 2017

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