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November 13, 2019

10/28/2019 7:30:00 AM
Arleen York former local teacher and librarian dies in Spring Valley

Martha Arleen York (Arleen) passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019 at the Spring Valley Care Center.
Arleen was born June 4, 1919 to Edward Lenard and Mary Catherine (McClellan) Templeton in Tipton, Iowa.
She was married to Charles LeRoy York, of Mechanicsville, Iowa, on Aug. 31, 1939. They moved to rural Stewartville, and lived on a farm outside of town. They raised two children, Michael Lenard York and Patricia Ann Heddlesten. Arleen worked diligently as her education was extremely important to her. She achieved her teaching certificate from Iowa State Teachers College in 1938, a two-year elementary education degree from Winona State Teachers College in 1954, a bachelors degree in education in 1959, and her master's degree in 1967 following her thesis, "An Investigation of Curriculum Trends in Elementary School Mathematics." She began teaching in a one room schoolhouse in rural Cedar County and spent the final 38 years of her career as a fourth-grade teacher and librarian at Stewartville Public Schools. She retired in 1984. Throughout her retirement, she traveled throughout the United States and the world, including Europe, Australia, and her most favorite, Hawaii! Arleen was full of spice and brought laughs to her family. She was hard-working, generous, and loving. In 2019, she celebrated her 100th birthday with a luau themed party.
She is survived by her children, Michael (Carole) York of Sugar Grove, Ill. and Patricia (Derrick) Heddlesten of rural Stewartville; grandchildren, Jacqueline Martini, John (Katherine) York, Anthony (Kyla) Heddlesten, and Teala Heddlesten; great-grandchildren, Ryan, Conor, Devin, Nolan, Logan, Carter, Piper, CJ, and Grayson.
She is met in heaven by her husband, LeRoy, her parents, her brother, Samuel, and her granddaughter, Julee.
A private, family burial will occur in Mechanicsville, Iowa on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the Arleen York Scholarship Fund.
Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. Condolences and memories of Arleen are welcome at www.griffin-gray.com





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