Born in Bridgeport to the late Angelo and Carmella (Mazzy) Forti, she was a lifelong area resident.
Arlene was retired from the Jewish Home for the Elderly in Fairfield where she worked in the Finance Department.
Among the many attributes Arlene possessed Faith in God was her lifelong comfort. She had a generous spirit a warm and inviting nature and a sense of humor that held steady throughout her life. She was a friend to all but her greatest love and passion was her family.
Survivors include her loving children, Louis Zayas and his wife Karen of Stratford, Eileen Gannon of Stratford and Matthew Zayas and his wife Tara of Shelton, 8 beloved grandchildren, Ryan Zayas and his wife Sarah, Shawn Zayas, Samantha Zayas, Dana Gannon, Devin Zayas, Louis Gannon, Madison Zayas and Morgan Zayas, a cherished great-granddaughter Rilynn Zayas, 2 brothers, Richard Forti and his wife Lois of Madison and Bobby Forti of Stratford, a sister, Kathy Dzjuna and her husband Andrew of Stratford, several nieces and nephews.
A sister Shirley Arsenault predeceased her.
Funeral services will take place on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 9:00AM in the Adzima Funeral Home 50 Paradise Green Place Stratford and 10:00AM in St. Catherine of Siena Church, 220 Shelton Road Trumbull for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery Trumbull. Friends may greet her family on Monday from 4-8PM.
For more information or to make an online condolence please visit www.adzimafuneralhome.com.