Roy J. Arlotto

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September 19, 2020

Roy Arlotto was born Nov. 10, 1940 in Hazleton, Pa. He was the son of Michael Arlotto and Adeline Larossa. Michael Arlotto was a prominent businessman and owner of Arlotto’s Draperies on Broad Street, Hazleton. Roy had to older siblings, a sister, Rita A. Camera, and a brother, Michael (Sobee) Arlotto, who preceded him in death.

Roy attended high school at Mining Mechanical Institute (MMI) in Freeland Pa. He had a keen interest in science as a child, and conducted scientific experiments in his house basement, often using chemistry sets. In his retirement, he returned to this earlier interest in chemistry sets, and scoured the country side for old chemistry sets.

He graduated from Lehigh University with a B.S. in chemistry education and a graduate degree in guidance counseling. Roy was a fixture in the Allentown School District. He began his teaching career at Louis E. Dieruff High School in 1962 where he taught chemistry until his retirement in 2006. In addition to chairing the science department for several decades, Roy channeled his love of the arts and sports into assisting with many of the school’s clubs, activities, and teams. He served as stage crew advisor and mentored many students teaching them how to run the lights and curtains. He helped design and build sets for dozens of musical, drama, and choral productions. He served on the Fine Arts Committee and the Alumni Association’s Wall of Honor nominating committee. He assisted many of the school’s band directors, helping with marching band drills and chaperoning all the band trips. Roy also served as the Dieruff Huskies’ official basketball scorekeeper for over 2,000 varsity and JV games during the regular season, and league, district, and state playoffs.

A true supporter of all things Husky, Roy’s interests spanned many areas. He attended multiple science conferences during summer breaks, preferring to travel by train when possible to states including Washington, Maine, and Colorado. He also collected many science-related items including children’s chemistry sets and old apothecary bottles, which he displayed in his home on cabinets and shelves that he built. He had a large record collection, and he favored Italian operas and especially loved the tenor, Pavarotti.

An avid gardener, he shared the bounty he grew with friends, neighbors, and family. From heirloom tomatoes to purple green beans, lettuce, and pumpkins, and many more vegetables. His garden took up his entire front yard. He spent plenty of time in the kitchen, contributing to family feasts at the holidays and making homemade pasta. He used his chemistry background to improve the dishes he cooked, and his DIY skills to make kitchen tools.

Warmer weather had him spending time at Pate’s Park watching softball games and summer league basketball. He frequented various music festivals throughout the Lehigh Valley as well, and attended the annual musicals produced at DeSales University each spring.

He’ll be sorely missed by his family: nephew Michael P. Arlotto and wife Michelle of Chapel Hill, NC, their children Sarah Elizabeth and Luke Alan; nephew Benjamin Camera of Washington State; niece Elizabeth C. Hechtman and wife Heidi C. Merscher of Ambler, PA and son Oren C. Hechtman; niece Michele C. Faurot of Alaska and children Janus and Gabriella; first cousins Carolyn Arlotto Fellin, and Frank, Carmela and Jaclyn Veneroso; and his devoted friends of nearly 60 years, Pete and Sandy Carpenter and their daughter his goddaughter Jodi Ireland, her son, Benjamin. As well as his many neighbors.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, September 25th, at 10 A.M. in Most Precious Blood Church, Hazleton. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Drums. The family will receive friends at the Joseph A. Moran Funeral Home, 229 W. 12th St., Hazleton, on Thursday from 6-8 P.M. Covid-19 restrictions will be in place.

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*In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to one of the organizations close to Roy’s heart:

Dieruff High School: donations can be sent to: Dieruff High School, 815 N Irving St, Allentown, PA 18109, c/o Dieruff High School Alumni Association

Metropolitan Opera

Rodale Institute


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