Arlene Winfield Walcott Hogan of Warren, N.J., and known to most as "Midge," passed away on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, N.J. She was 81.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 31, 2014, at All Saints Church in Millington, N.J., at 1 p.m.
Midge was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and resided in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia before moving to Warren in 1973. She graduated from Eastern High School (1950) in Washington, D.C., and received a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Wilson Teachers College in Washington, D.C., in 1954. She went on to earn a master's degree in education from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1957. After graduating, she taught first grade in the Washington D.C. public school system for several years.
Midge dedicated her life to her family, her church, and her community. She was an active member of All Saints Church in Millington, N.J., for 41 years. She was involved with the junior and senior choirs and the Altar Guild, and she ran the church's annual greens sale for many years.
She was also active, and in some cases held leadership roles, with community organizations such as the Warren Township Rescue Squad Junior Auxiliary, the American Association of University Women, the Women's Auxiliary of the American Legion, and the P.E.O. Sisterhood.
In her spare time, Midge also loved to travel. She lived in Hong Kong for several years, where she made many friends and was also active in the local church and community.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Charles; two sons, Michael and his wife Elizabeth, of Fanwood, N.J., and Chuck and his wife, Karen, of Newtown, Pa.; a daughter, Kathleen and her husband, Ron, of Crofton, Md., and a sister, Shirley, and her husband, Hal, of Kalamazoo, Mich. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Justin, Meghan, Ethan, and Sean.
Midge will be remembered for her smile, her love for others, and her always cheerful outlook on life.
Should friends desire, the family suggests memorial contributions be made in Midge Hogan's name to the Arthritis Foundation (arthritis.org).