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Arlene Chatfield

Arlene Chatfield

Arlene May Chatfield, 86, of Glenwood died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2006 at the Glenwood Retirement Village.

She was born April 3, 1919 to John L. and Mary E. (Tweedy) McCleary in Libertyville, IA. She graduated from high school in Libertyville in 1935. She attended Parsons College in Fairfield, IA and earned a two-year standard elementary teaching certificate. She taught the primary grades in Libertyville for two years.

She married Robert Chatfield June 3, 1939. In 1949, they opened a 52-bed nursing and convalescent home in Ottumwa, IA. She became a licensed practical nurse. She became involved in organizational efforts of the Iowa Nursing Homes Association. The home was sold in 1956 and they moved to a farm near Park Rapids. She continued her education at Bemidji State Teacher's College and reentered the teaching profession in 1957 in Nimrod. She taught at Hubbard and Menahga. She completed her bachelor's degree at Parson's College in Fairfield, IA in 1961 and they moved to Glenwood. In 1962, she began teaching first grade in Glenwood, until 1973 when she was named director of the reading program. During the ensuing eight years she organized the Glenwood Adult Literacy program, the Reading is Fundamental Project (RIF), Junior Great Books, the Right to Read Task Force and the MS Read-a-Thon.

She was named Pope County Teacher of the Year in 1968. She received the Exemplary Teacher Reading Award and the Minnesota Literacy Council Project Award in 1975 and the International Reading Award in 1976. She received her master of science in teaching from Mankato State University in 1979. She retired from teaching in 1981 and continued to substitute teach for several years.

She was a member of the Kandiyohi Church of Christ.

She is survived by three daughters, Sheryl Paulson of Blaine, Karen Chatfield of Columbia Heights and Roberta (Antelmo) Gonzalez of Scottsdale, AZ; son, Nelson (Serita) of Grand Prairie, TX; sister, Doris Davis of Fairfield, IA; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband in 1995; sister, Wilma Curtis; and a great-great-grandchild.

Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 5 at the Hoplin Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Monday, March 6 at the Glenwood United Parish with Pastors Jerry Skinness and Greg Kappahan officiating.

Interment: 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 at Evergreen Cemetery in Fairfield, IA.

Memorials may be directed to the Arlene Chatfield Memorial Fund with the local Dollars for Scholars program and administered by Eagle Bank of Glenwood, or the Flaming Pines Youth Camp near Park Rapids.