Arlene Kaufman Galuten Pemberton, 74, passed on Feb. 19, 2021 in Columbus, after surviving for seven years with stage 4 lung cancer.

She was born in New York City on June 8, 1947, to the late Ben and Beryl Kaufman and sister to the late, Roberta Kaufman Greenland. She is survived by her sons, Ben (Lisa) Horn and Brandon (Wendy Yu) Horn; and grandchildren, Brayden, Dylan, Tai and Pema.

The family moved from New York City to Springfield, when she was 10 years old at which time, she met her lifelong best friend, Pat Bigley.

She graduated from Springfield North High School and attended The University of Cincinnati. Arlene ran the family business Readmore Stores in Springfield, with her late sister, Roberta until they sold in the mid-1980s. She later started the candy distribution company Slam Bam the Candy Man in Cincinnati, which serviced theme parks such as Kings Island and Six Flags. She also started a medical supply company called DABB Inc., which focused on mobility equipment for seniors with disabilities. S

he raised her family in Dayton, where she was an active member of Temple Israel. After raising her children, she moved to Bonita Springs, Fla., where she enjoyed her retirement, playing tennis with her many friends at Lighthouse Bay at the Brooks.

A memorial service was held Feb. 21.

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