Born Alvena B. Kelly daughter of Alvena B (Haynes) Kelly and Francis E Kelly in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia on Dec 8th, 1927, the next to youngest with four sisters; Martha, Emma, Mary and Kay and two brothers; Edward and Frank. She emigrated to the US with her family after graduating from high school in Canada. She met Pasquale (Pat) Arrigo in Cambridge in 1947 and they married in August 1950; the beginning of a beautiful 68-year marriage. A proud Canadian she also became a US citizen in 2005.
Alvena was active in St Johnís Church and School in Canton for 7 years where she was a member of the Catholic Womanís Club and designed the first school uniform modeled by her children. She also served as Eucharistic Minister at St Denis Church in Westwood where she lived for 27 years before retiring to Florida and then Cape Cod.
Alvena was a former Florida State Champion in Bocce and loved to compete. She was a skilled and talented artist, producing many great oil paintings; still lifes, landscapes and portraits, for family and friends.
Beloved wife of Pasquale A. Arrigo for 68 years. Adored mother of Ronald A. Arrigo and wife Sarah of Boxford, Linda A Corbett, late wife of James Corbett of Topsfield, Glenn A. Arrigo and wife Elise (Dion) of Cape Coral, Fla, Judith J Arrigo and her spouse Karen Reilly of Andover, Andrew A. Arrigo and wife Patricia (Moynihan) of Encinitas, CA.
Alvena also leaves 5 grandchildren; Necole Marie Arrigo, Mathew Anthony Arrigo, Brittany Rose Arrigo, Michael Douglas Taub and James Anthony Arrigo and a host of beloved relatives and friends.
We will all deeply miss her love, sensitivity, her determination and her lovely Irish humor.