Arlene JowdyArlene M. Jowdy, lifelong resident of Danbury, passed peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, January 18th with her husband of 52 years, Richard Jowdy, at her side. She was 71.

Arlene was born in 1939, the daughter of Brookie Dawson of Detroit, Michigan and the late Nettie Pasquariello.  She was raised by her mother and her loving step-father, the late Earl Pasquariello, Sr., in a household of 9 children on Division Street.  From an early age, Arlene, the middle child, helped care for her younger brothers and sisters. She was a graduate of Danbury High School and later took classes in real estate from the business school at Western Connecticut State College. She had fond recollections of her first job as a curb service waitress at the popular Sycamore Drive-In Restaurant in Bethel. She met her future husband Richard (Dick) Jowdy when one of her brothers started working at the Jowdy ’s service station next to their house.

In addition to her main role as wife and mother, Arlene was involved in a number of entrepreneurial  pursuits, often with her husband. As newlyweds, they started a small wholesale baked goods operation, Jowdy Donuts, which they ran together from a ground floor space at their first house in Germantown.  Even after a long night of work, she would still accompany Dick in the truck on most mornings to make the deliveries. Over the years, Arlene would continue to be a strong partner on all of her husband’s business endeavors, assisting him in planning the many professional and social functions affiliated with his growing real estate company, while at the same time always devoting herself to her family.  When her children were older, she opened her own business; a retail clothing store on Main Street called Kimberly of Connecticut—named for her daughter—which she ran for over ten years. During that time, she would take monthly overnight buying trips to Manhattan with her partner and close friend, Pat Arzonetti, to ensure their merchandise was always current and one-of-a-kind.  

She was a longtime parishioner and active member of St. Anthony’s Maronite Church in Danbury, having been the first bride married in the church’s building on Granville Avenue. She was also involved in her community as a member of the Danbury Junior Service League, and served on the board of the Charles Ives Center, where she was an enthusiastic supporter of their cultural programs and activities.

Arlene had many diverse interests which she pursued with her characteristic passion, including tennis, boating, gardening, writing poetry and travel. An avid fan of the performing arts, she greatly enjoyed music and theater, heading often for quick trips into New York City with her husband or friends to take in the latest Broadway shows, concerts or opera productions. She especially loved the music of Mozart and could be found doing her everyday chores with classical music filling the house.

Her many happy years spent cooking in her own kitchen eventually lead her to embark on a course of study at the Culinary Institute of America where she would eventually complete a certificate in culinary arts. Her “homework” consisted of cooking gourmet meals to test out on her willing family members.  

She cherished her many friendships and always enjoyed meeting new people. She brought together women from her circle of friends and neighbors to create the “Secret Pal Club” and organized regular outings for the group ranging from get-together lunches to sleepover pajama parties.  Many friends have commented how Arlene always went out of her way for anyone who needed her assistance, support or guidance; she considered everyone she knew like family.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Jowdy is survived by 3 children, Jefferson, Kimberly and Jarrod Jowdy.  She was predeceased by two brothers, Edward Dawson and James Valgean, and also her beloved sister, Beverly Dawson.  She is survived by an older brother, Irwin Dawson, as well as 4 younger siblings, Larry Pasquareillo, Diane Milner, Earl Pasquariello, Jr., and Judy Pasquariello. Her surviving in-laws are Mr. and Mrs. Donald Jowdy, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Jowdy and Linda Jowdy. Arlene was especially fond of her many nephews and nieces from both sides of the family, and then later their children as well. During the years of her long illness, she still kept to many of her basic routines, and was aided by her devoted caretakers, Phyllis Saparato, Barbara Blatt and Sandra Valentin.

The Liturgy of the Resurrection will take place on Monday, Janaury  24th at 10 AM in St. Anthony’s Maronite Catholic Church, 17 Granville Ave., Danbury.  Burial will follow in St. Peter Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at St. Anthony Church on Sunday, January 23rd from 4 PM to 8PM.

Contribution in her memory and honor may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001.

Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury is in charge of arrangements.

Send Your Condolences to the Family

















Jowdy Kane and Kane Funeral Homes