Arlene (Gumer) Skolnick, 79

Arlene (Gumer) Skolnick, 79

Arlene Gumer Skolnick, 79, of Louisville, Kentucky, passed away on Thursday, December 9, 2021, surrounded by family.  She was predeceased by her parents, Isaac “Ike” Gumer and Frances Newman Gumer, and her brother, Bruce Gumer.

Surviving family members include Arlene’s devoted husband of 58 years, Judah Skolnick; her five children, Frances, Susan, Larry, Cory (Meg), and Michael (Franci); her grandchildren, Sophie, Ethan, Cate, and Molly; her sister-in-law, Myrilan Gumer; her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jill and Jerry Flecker; her cousin, Jeffrey Gumer; many nieces and nephews; and many other beloved relatives.

Arlene dedicated her lifetime to her family, friends, and community.  She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and cousin.   She was a selfless person who always treated her family’s happiness and needs as her top priority.  Always!  She often said you can never tell anyone too much that you love them, and she never ended a conversation with a family member without telling them how much she loved them (usually several times).

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Arlene never met a stranger.  She had a unique gift of attracting new friends without trying.  People were drawn to her instantly and at ease in her presence.  A day with Arlene was never boring.

Arlene served as the longest-tenured president of the Keneseth Israel Preschool, the president of the Louisville Hebrew School, and the founding president of the Central Agency for Jewish Education.  She served as a vice president and member of the Board of Directors of Keneseth Israel Congregation, where five generations of her family have been congregants, and where she was a lifetime member of the Sisterhood.  Arlene was active for many years in the Jewish Federation and the recipient of many awards, including the Young Leadership Award.

A service will be held at the Keneseth Israel Cemetery on Sunday, December 12, at 2 p.m., with burial to follow.  Face masks are requested of attendees, and the service will be streamed online on Facebook at Hermanmeyerson. ( https://www.facebook.com/HermanMeyerSon/ ).  The link will be live at exactly 2 p.m.

The family will be receiving visitors at Keneseth Israel Congregation on Sunday, December 12, from 4:30-6:00 p.m., and again Monday, December 13, from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  In accordance with Keneseth Israel policies, all visitors are required to wear masks and show proof of vaccination.

In addition to her family, friends, and community, Arlene was passionate about social issues, social justice, nature, and wildlife.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests expressions of sympathy be made in memory of Arlene to the Arlene Skolnick Nature Education Endowment Fund at the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, P.O. Box 130, Clermont, KY 40110, www.bernheim.org/tributes, or by calling (502)215-7138.


Temporary Marker

Keneseth Israel Cemetery
Section F; Grave 447