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East County News Service

April 24, 2017 (Ramona) -- Arlene (Paladino) Alper, 63, died at her home on Mt. Woodson in Ramona, CA  on April 18, 2017 after a long battle with stage four breast cancer.  She was the mother of East County Magazine sportswriter Liz Alper.

She worked at Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego as the Administrative Assistant to the Vice Principal for 15 years. She also dedicated her life to her husband and three children.  She was a devout Catholic, participating in Women’s Fellowship at San Rafael Catholic Church in Rancho Bernardo and attending mass every week.  In her free time, she loved to cook, bake, and cheer on the Boston Red Sox.

She was born July 5, 1953 in Methuen, Massachusetts, the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Martone) Paladino.  She grew up in Methuen and attended grammar schools in Lawrence, Massachusetts.  She graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Lawrence and from Northern Essex Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Clerical Administration.  She and her family resided in Londonderry, New Hampshire prior to moving to California 17 years ago.

She is survived by her husband Steven Alper of Ramona, CA, a daughter Allison M. Alper of Newmarket, NH, a son Christopher J. Alper and his wife Katrina of New Orleans, LA., and a daughter Elizabeth A. Alper of San Diego, CA.  She is also survived by a brother Carmen J. Paladino and his wife Sandy of Spring City, PA., one aunt, several cousins, nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.   Besides her parents, she was pre-deceased by a dear sister, Angela (Paladino) Caulfield.

A memorial mass will be held at a church in New Hampshire at a date to be announced.

Memorial donations in her memory may be made to your local chapter of the American Cancer Society.

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