Arlene Caplan

Arlene Wilder Caplan

March 1, 1931 - January 29, 2021
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    Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 | 12:00pm
    Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 12:00pm


Donations are being accepted for:
Harriet Jane Wilder Memorial Endowment Fund, Baltimore Cancer Support Group

7910 Belair Rd., Baltimore, MD 21236

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Towson University
8000 York Road, Towson, MD 21252


Arlene Wilder Caplan (nee Cohen), of Towson, MD, passed away on Friday, January 29th, 2021 at the age of 89. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Lester Caplan; daughter and son-in-law Lori and Bob Hollander; step-sons, Bruce (Elizabeth) Caplan and Eric Scott Caplan (Dustin Heyborne); and grandchildren, Jill Hollander (Laura Hedrick), Kevin Hollander (Stuart Bishop), Eric Morgan Caplan and Sarah Caplan and great grandchild Landon Caplan. She was predeceased by her children, Harriet Jane Wilder and Paul Steven Wilder; and parents, Charles and Lenore Cohen.

Link will be sent to family and friends with date and time of Memorial Service. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to Harriet Jane Wilder Memorial Endowment Fund, Baltimore Cancer Support Group, 7910 Belair Road, Nottingham, MD 21236; Beth Israel Congregation, Owings Mills, MD; Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Towson University, 8000 York Road, Towson, MD 21252; or Gilchrist Hospice.
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Jackie Miller

Posted at 03:37pm
Words cannot express our sorrow to you and the family. Arlene was always such an upbeat person regardless of the many trials she and you endured. We will miss her greatly!! I'll never forget the 4:00 milk snack break we had growing up. From Lynne Acres to Stevenson she was always part of our lives. She is surely missed and hope you find comfort, in time, recalling all the wonderful things she did. Much love!!

Paul & Eileen Feldman

Posted at 07:42pm
Dear Lori and Lester,
So sorry to hear about Arlene’s passing. She was such a lovely person and so enjoyed life. During the few years we knew her, she was such a joy to be with. Our deepest condolences to you and your family.
Paul & Eileen Feldman

Ellen katz

Posted at 12:40pm
Dear Lester and family,
Arlene was my cheerleader!!
How she loved the classes at Osher. I always loved being with both of you. Her loss is significant to me and so many others who knew her and her vivacity and charm.
I shall miss her dearly.
Ellen Katz

Hal Schenker

Posted at 09:16pm
Dear Lester and Lori and family ---- Ronna, Spencer and I were so sorry to learn about Arlene's passing. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

Jesse B Harris

Posted at 09:26am
Dear Les, Lori, Bob and Family
Please accept my sincerest condolences upon learning of the passing of your beloved Arlene. During my years at Temple Oheb Shalom I had many conversations with Arlene and it was not hard to understand why she was such a special and caring person. I hope that fond memories of the times you spent together as a family will do much to ease the pain of your loss
May Arlene’s memory always be for a blessing

Vivian Kasoff

Posted at 12:01am
Sending my deepest condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. I was friendly with Harriet for many years and have memories of spending time at her home on Woodvalley Dr. Arlene was always very friendly, kind, genuine and great to talk with. May your special memories help you during these trying times.

George Bacharach

Posted at 04:41pm
Dear Lester and Lori,
Arlene was a kind, genuine, lovely person. She was my mother’s most dedicated friend for 50 years. When my mom began to fail from Parkinson’s about 5 years ago, Arlene continued to check in with her every day.

Ellen and I loved Arlene’s smile and her positive attitude. She will be greatly missed as a source of good in the world.

Love, George Bacharach and Ellen Rosenstock

Jeffrey Lieman (Toby & Robert's son)

Posted at 01:17pm
Dr Caplan,

So sorry for your loss. Memories are a blessing.

Marcia Markowitz

Posted at 01:14pm
Dear Lester,
I am so very sorry to hear of Arlene's passing. My sincere condolences to you and your family. May her memory be for a blessing.
Marcia Markowitz

Debra and Maurice Furchgott

Posted at 09:20pm
Arlene was a lovely lady, smart, gracious, outgoing and so in love with Lester. A more connected couple would be hard to find. Arlene was handed too many lemons in her life, but she seemed to turn them into lemonade. She was a special lady. May her memory be a blessing to her family.

Marla and Jeff Linker

Posted at 02:46pm
Dear Lori, Bob and family,
I am so saddened to hear of the loss of your dear mother. I remember her as always being so kind, always smiling and interested in how I was doing. I always enjoyed talking to her! May all the wonderful memories of your mother provide comfort and be a blessing to your whole family.

Sharon Mond

Posted at 08:34am
Dear Lori, We were so sorry to read of your mother's passing. We send you our deepest condolence. We hope you will find comfort in your memories and in the love and support of your family. Sharon and Michael Mond

Howard Cohen

Posted at 01:29pm
Dear Lester, Arlene was one of the sweetest and kindest women that I have ever met. She was such a joy to be with. I'm very grateful that she has been in my life. Our deepest condolences to you and your family.

Linda Speert

Posted at 01:29pm
Dear Lester and Family,
I will always remember Arlene as the “Hostess Exraordinaire” at Osher, always smiling, always gracious and so very, very kind. May your special memories sustain you now and bring you comfort always.

Sue and Phil Rabin

Posted at 12:11pm
Lester, please accept our sincere condolences! We hope your memories will give you comfort. May Arlene’s memory be for a blessing.


Norma and Donald Berlin

Posted at 10:51am
Dearest family,
So sorry to learn of Arlene’s death! She possessed a gracious, lively and affirmative neshamah open to new ideas and fresh insights. Her memory is already a blessing.

Floyd Herman

Posted at 09:46am
Lester and family, so sorry to hear about Arlene’s death. I know the last months have been difficult for you. Remember her as the spark who lit up the room. That spark may have dimmed but the memory will continue to light all our lives and continue to bless.

Joel L Simon

Posted at 09:27am
Lori, please accept our condolences on the passing of your beloved mother. May her memory provide comfort to you and be a blessing to your entire family.

Joel Simon and Deb Gordon

Melissa, Jeff and Zachary Berman

Posted at 09:07am
Lori, so sorry to read of your mother’s passing. Sending condolences to you, Bob, Kevin and Jill. May her memory always be a blessing to all of you.

Joel Goldwasser

Posted at 08:36am
My sincere condolences to Lester and your family on the loss of Arlene. May her memory forever be a blessing.

Martha and Stan Weiman

Posted at 08:11am
Our heartfelt condolences. Arlene was a vivacious, warm and talented woman whose personality drew you in at once. May all your fond memories sustain you.

Janet Weisenfreund

Posted at 07:59am
Please accept my heart felt sympathy. Arlene was a bright, charming lady and devoted to Lester and family. May her name be for a blessing.

Diana and Jeffrey Caplan

Posted at 07:57am
Lori and family,
So sorry on the loss of your mom. I have the most wonderful memories spending my teen years in your home, your mom absolutely shaped who I am today. I enjoyed her warm, outgoing, upbeat, inclusive personality for over 50 years. Jeffrey and I will miss seeing her.

Sharyn Stein

Posted at 07:15am
My heart is broken for you Lester on the loss of your dear Arlene. The best thing for Barry and I about moving to Pavilion in the park was our beautiful friendship with both you and Arlene. I will never forget her positivity, her kindness and her contagious enthusiasm and spirit. I enjoyed our dinners together at Edenwald. I will never ever forget how kind and protective you and Arlene were towards me when I lost Barry. With love and respect, Arlene will always be in my heart. Sharyn

tamara levitas

Posted at 05:23am
Sorry on the loss of your beloved mother

Tami and Alan Levitas

Art and Marti Kovens

Posted at 10:33pm
Lester, Lori, Bob, and Family:

Marti and I are so saddened to learn of Arlene’s passing. She was such a wonderful, caring person. May her memory always be a blessing to all of you

Adam Gordon

Posted at 09:06pm
Les and Family- so sorry to learn of Arlene's passing. Your Birmingham family is mourning with you. Such a lovely and vivacious wife, mother, and friend. She will be missed by all who knew her.

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