Arlene Fineran was born September 15, 1924, at Mapleton, Iowa, the daughter of Ward and Carolyn Holman. She passed away Saturday, September 1, 2018, at her home in Odebolt, Iowa, at the age of ninety-three.
Arlene was a 1942 graduate of Denison High School and continued her education at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake. She taught in rural schools near Schleswig and at another school near Boyer but spent most of her life as a homemaker.
On February 18, 1946, she was united in marriage to Leonard Fineran at St. Ann Catholic Church in Vail, Iowa, and they were blessed with two daughters, Judy and Joleen. The couple made their home on a farm near Odebolt where they resided all of their married life. After Leonard’s death in 1984, Arlene moved into Odebolt where she still resided.
Arlene was a member of St. Martin Catholic Church in Odebolt and found great fulfillment in being a teacher and substitute at St Martin, and also served in many offices of the St. Martin Guild. Cooking and especially baking cakes for weddings and anniversaries gave her much pleasure. In her leisure time, she also enjoyed sewing, knitting, painting artwork, socializing, bowling and playing cards with friends. In earlier years, she enjoyed dancing with her husband. Arlene also attended the Iowa State Fair where she volunteered sixteen years for the Blue Ribbon Foundation, cheered on the Iowa Hawkeyes by attending at least seventeen bowl games with her daughter Jo and collected turtles. She was nicknamed “Turtle” and made a clever comment when anyone asked her if she was a turtle.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Leonard; her granddaughter, Melissa; and her sister, Joyce and husband, Walter. Survivors include: two daughters, Judy and her husband, Bill, and Jo; one grandson, Chad and his wife, Kim; two great-grandsons, Ethan and Ryan; and many relatives and friends.