Arleen Targan
Arleen Targan
Arleen Targan

Celebration of Life

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Home of Virginia McNeice
73 Edie Rd.
Greenwich, New York, United States

Obituary of Arleen Targan

Arleen Targan, 83, of 4 Lyttle Lane, died on Monday, July 2, 2018 at the Fort Hudson Nursing Center in Fort Edward, New York.  Arleen passed peacefully, surrounded by her family, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

     Born Arleen Caplan on July 12, 1934 in Abington, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, her surname was later changed to Shanken when she was adopted by her grandparents. Arleen graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art and began her long and successful career as an artist, drawing portraits on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. It was there that she met the love of her life, Barry, to whom she would be married for sixty years. They would go on to live, work, travel, camp, and sail in many places in the United States and Europe, spending much of their lives in upstate New York.

     Arleen was a brilliant, gifted artist, excelling at many different art forms. She was especially known for her paintings of local landscapes and her portraiture at county fairs. Her granddaughters fondly remember numerous art projects with Grandma, who “made art fun.” Arleen’s creativity extended beyond the easel and into the kitchen. Always the gracious hostess, she delighted in preparing memorable meals for family and friends. Her love of the natural world was evident in the time she devoted to gardening, hiking, and swimming.  A gentle, kind-hearted, and talented woman, Arleen will be deeply missed by her family and her many friends, including her fellow artists at the Valley Artisans Market in Cambridge, New York, as well as residents and staff at the Fort Hudson Nursing Center.

     Arleen was predeceased by her parents, Harry and Ruth Caplan, and her sister Joan Shanken. She is survived by her husband, Barry, of Greenwich; son Anthony Targan (Holli Hart) of West Bloomfield, Michigan; son Eric Targan (Dollene Coolidge) of Belchertown, Massachusetts;  and granddaughters Rebecca (Tomer) Dorfan, Alexandra Targan, and Hannah Targan.

     There will be a celebration of the life of Arleen Targan on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at the home of Virginia McNeice, 73 Edie Road, Greenwich, New York from 2 to 5 p.m., with remarks at 3:30 p.m. RSVP appreciated, but not required at 

     Those who wish to make a contribution in Arleen’s memory may make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association or to a charity of your own choosing.  To leave an online message for the family, please visit

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