Olean- Arlene M. Bokman “Loving Mother, Grandmother & Great Grandmother”
Arlene M. Bokman, 84, passed away peacefully at home on the morning of March 15, 2022, surrounded by loving family and friends.
Arlene was born on June 1, 1937, in Albion, New York to Samuel and Josephine (Abbondonza) Giarrizzo. On May 9, 1956, Arlene married her high school sweetheart, Clement (Butch) Bokman. Arlene and Butch were married for 64 years, until his passing in 2020.
Arlene was a member of the 1955 graduating class of Albion Central School. She was most proud of being a loving wife and mother. After raising her five children, Arlene proceeded to assist her husband in the daily functions of their automobile agency in Lockport, New York.
Upon retirement, the couple was able to pursue one of their true joys of operating Bokman Kennel’s while breeding and raising Golden Retrievers. Arlene always looked forward to receiving Christmas cards from the families that had adopted puppies from their kennel. She proudly displayed all the pictures that the adopted families sent her. She was a true lover of animals.
Arlene lived for many years in Lockport, New York. In 2017, she moved to Allegany, New York to be closer to her family.
Arlene is survived by her three sons, Rick (Kathy) Bokman, Scott (Patti) Bokman and Mark (Susan) Bokman; a brother, Charles (Bev) Giarrizzo; five grandchildren, Mike (Brittney) Bokman, Christa (Dan) Hunt, Nicki (Ryan) Williams, Ryan Bokman and Mathew Bokman; three great-grandchildren, Maxim Bokman, Eli Hunt and Emma Hunt; many beloved nieces and nephews and friends.
Arlene was predeceased by her husband, Clement (Butch) Bokman and two daughters; Julie Bokman and Dr. Susan Bokman Leitzan; her siblings Sandra Ohs, Virginia DeFillips and Joseph Giarrizzo.
Services will be held privately. Burial will be at the St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Albion, New York. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made on-line to the Alzheimer’s Association, or at 225 North Michigan Avenue; Fl. 17; Chicago, IL 60601. Arrangements are under the direction of the Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home, Inc., 646 E. State St., Olean. Online condolences may be made at www.letromcintoshspinkfuneralhome.com