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Arlene Neufeld Steinfeldt, 78, of Savannah, Georgia, and wife of Dr. Michel “Mike” Franklin Steinfeldt, died Thursday afternoon, March 5, 2020, at Memorial University Medical Center.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, she was a daughter of the late Benjamin and Thelma Neufeld. She grew up in Hewlett, New York. Arlene graduated from Leslie College in Cambridge, Massachusetts with a degree in Education.

Arlene excelled in tennis and won many championships over her 35-year tennis career. She also excelled at bridge, obtaining the title of Silver Life Master. Arlene and Mike loved playing and competing in many bridge tournaments together.

Arlene was a member of Congregation Mickve Israel and a founding member and former president of The Jewish Women of the Landings.

Arlene, a breast cancer survivor, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 62. With Mike at her side, and the love and support of her many friends, she fought the disease with courage, grace and determination.

Arlene’s generosity was boundless. She will be remembered as a caring, outgoing person who loved entertaining and being surrounded by her friends and family.

Survivors include her husband of fifteen years, Dr. Michel “Mike” Franklin Steinfeldt; son, Dr. Andrew Berens; daughters, Dr. Lisa Scott (Andrew), Carolyn Slipakoff (David); grandchildren, Cameron and Colby Berens, Talia, Baden, and Landon Scott, and Avery and Ben Slipakoff and Connor Bennett; a brother, Dr. Laurence Neufeld (Dede), and their children, Michael, George, and Daniel; a sister, Dr. Elizabeth Neufeld and her children, Zachary and Jessica Boven. She will also be greatly missed by her step-children, David, Lisa, and Daniel, her step-grandchildren, Ray, Rebecca, Rachel, Jacob, and Gabriel, and her many other nieces and nephews.

Remembrances: The Michael J. Fox Foundation – Post Office Box 5014 Hagerstown, Maryland 21741-5014.

The funeral service will be held at 11 o’clock Sunday morning, at the graveside, Bonaventure Cemetery, conducted by Rabbi Robert W. Haas.

Online Condolences

  1. Arnold Young says:

    Arlene…always a contented, warm and kind person… compassionate and welcoming to everyone. Arlene warmed any room. Condolences to her family which in truth extends well beyond her actual relatives to much of the community. Her memory will truly be a blessing; an exemplar of goodness and warmth.
    Arnold Young

  2. Carolyn slipakoff says:

    Mom. I love everything about you. I’m at your house in Savannah and you aren’t here. A huge piece of my heart is missing.

  3. Andrew Berens says:

    We are not the only ones feeling the loss of our beloved mother. She touched so many people in so so many ways. Her love of life and people was boundless, and her empathy sincere, even when she could no longer walk or raise her head. While she is physically gone, her memories will remain an eternal beacon of how to live, love and survive.

  4. David Slipakoff says:

    She was the best mother-in-law one could ask for. She was one of the most generous people I’ve ever met and would do anything for anyone. I loved her dearly.

  5. Joanna & Eli Berens says:

    Our deepest condolences to the entire family on your loss. Arlene was a wonderful person and will always hold a special place in our hearts.

  6. Crystal Heller says:

    SUCH A LOVELY SOUL. She’ll always be rembeted and loved ! Love, Crystal Heller

  7. Susan and Lenny Gardberg says:

    A lovely, kind, smart woman…a good and generous friend. Arlene, Rest In Peace you will be sorely missed.

  8. Jennifer Levitt says:

    Arlene was super family and friend oriented, loved to entertain, and had a tenacious spirit. May happy memories shared with Arlene continue to be a blessing to all who knew and loved her.

  9. Ginger and Jerry Caplan says:

    Have been out of touch for months, and have just heard of Arlene’s death. Please forgive us. We loved her, and we share your grief – a lovely lady. Ginger and Jerry

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