Arthur L. Jarvela, 89, a resident of Arbour Square in Harleysville, PA since October of last year, passed away on August 18, 2018, at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery in East Norriton, PA. He formerly lived in Sun City Center, FL for 31 years. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Joan Jarvela, in 2005, and by his second wife, Betty Scroggie Jarvela, in 2017.
Born December 2, 1928, in Laurium, MI, he was the son of the late Arthur L. and Laura (Christensen) Jarvela. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1951 from Michigan Technological University and later received his master’s degree from the University of Delaware. He served in R.O.T.C. in both high school and college. He later served in the U. S. Air Force during the Korean War and was stationed in Germany and France.
Mr. Jarvela was employed with Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA for 25 years where he was head of the maintenance department, retiring in 1985. He was an active member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Sun City Center in Florida and Trinity Lutheran Church in Fairview Village, PA. He was also a member of the Sun City Center Emergency Squad.
Surviving is a daughter, Lori J. Peltier of Collegeville, PA, and two grandchildren, Lisa Kissel and her husband, Ezra, of Alburtis, PA, and Eric Peltier and his partner, Kelly Kiernan, of Prague. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. In addition to his wives, he was preceded in death by a son, Michael Jarvela, in 1969, and by a sister, Betty DeCoe, in 2013.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his memorial service at 11AM on September 8, 2018, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1190 Valley Forge Rd., Norristown, PA 19403, where family will receive friends beginning at 10AM. A luncheon will follow. Interment will be private at Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the church above or to Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org. Arrangements are by R. L. Williams, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. of Skippack, PA. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.RLWilliamsFuneralHome.com.