In Memoriam…..PPAMidwest member Arlene Levy Rosengarten


Arlene Levy Rosengarten passed away on September 13th, 2022. Arlene was the beloved mother of Jamie Young (Scott), dear Grandmother of two beautiful grandchildren, Hayden and Berkley, dear daughter of the late Norman and Celia Levy, loving sister of Sandra Levy Krem, dear Aunt to Michelle Krem Perris and her Husband Greg Perris, great Aunt to Grant and Maren Perris, dear Aunt to the late Natalie Gail Krem Trottier, dear Great Aunt to Gabrielle, Spencer and Marissa Trottier and devoted companion to Carl Essen. She battled with ALS disease for three years with the same grit and will with which she approached all aspects of life. Arlene was an avid artist who loved going to her art classes to learn how to improve. Every day she would carry her easel and canvases up the stairs with along with paints through the school halls. She would encourage her sister Sandy to practice every day on some form of art as a way to improve. Arlene spent her business career in the Advertising Specialty Industry starting in her twentyís and worked in this industry for 50 years. She not only sold to her customers but became friends with many until the end of her life, doing what she loved. Arlene was a volunteer in a variety of charitable causes and served others the best she could. Those who she has left behind will remember Arleneís intellectual curiosity and insatiable desire to learn how to gain knowledge in many subjects. Arlene passed away peacefully and will be dearly missed. Arlene was buried at Chased Shel Emeth Cemetery on October 3rd, 2022. Memorial contributions may be made to ALS research at or to Stray Rescue where she painted an animal of some kind to be auctioned every year. Arlene inspired many artists with her passion, curiosity, and tenacity. In honor of her life and battle with ALS, Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers is hosting a show to raise awareness for ALS entitled, Arlene Creates. The show, Arlene Creates, will be held Friday, December 9 from 5:00 pm- 8:00 pm at Selkirk’s location 555 Washington Avenue, Saint Louis, MO. De’joneiro Jones, artist and curator of the show, and Bryan Laughlin, Executive Director at Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers discussed Arlene’s impact on their lives and why they put the show together on a recent podcast which may be accessed at You may also find details about the show and Arlene at