Arlene M. Short Kastler died Oct. 17 at Beaumont in Northborough surrounded by her family. She was 90.

She was born June 12, 1931 in Newark, N.J., a daughter of Raymond and Mignon Koch Short. She graduated from East Orange High School in 1949 and attended Purdue University. At college, she was the president of her sorority, Sigma Kappa, and graduated in 1953 with degree in home economics.

While in high school, she summered in Ocean Grove, N.J., where she met her husband, John Kastler, at the age of 16. They married in 1953 and settled in Sudbury, where Arlene taught home economics at Curtis Middle School for 20 years. She particularly enjoyed introducing boys to the art of cooking and sewing.

In 1994, Arlene and John moved to Edgartown. They had summered on the Vineyard since 1970. She was active with the Edgartown Yacht Club and the Chappaquiddick Beach Club. She was an accomplished watercolor painter and especially enjoyed spending her time with family.

She is survived by three daughters, Wendie McClain and her husband David, of Denver, Colo.; Pamela Caswell and her husband Fred of Freeport, Me.; Kim Kastler and her husband John Liller of Grafton; eight grandchildren, Emily, Jenna, K.C., Brad and his wife Michelle, Andy and his wife Kayla, Kristy, Anna and her husband Colin, and Colin and his fiancee Natasha; and four great-grandchildren, Mack, Micah, Elizabeth and Bella.

Arlene was predeceased by her husband of 47 years, John William Kastler, who died in 2000, and her brother, Raymond J. Short Jr.

Interment will be on the Vineyard.

Donations can be made to Salmon Hospice, 37 Birch St., Milford, MA 01757.

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