Arlene Liddy

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STATE COLLEGE - Arlene Liddy, 82, of State College, died Monday, July 23, 2018, at Mount Nittany Medical Center.

She was born Jan. 16, 1936, in Shamokin, the second of four daughters born to William C. and Agnes T. (Kehler) Rando.

Arlene was a 1953 graduate of Shamokin High School, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in education in 1957, from Bloomsburg State Teachers College, graduating with honors and awards, with dual majors in Spanish and English.

Following graduation, Arlene was nominated to a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. While pursuing a master's degree in Spanish at Glassboro State College, she taught Spanish and English for five years in New Jersey, serving as the head of the foreign language department. She also studied Russian and German.

In 1959, she married Donald E. Liddy, a career U.S. Navy petty officer. They spent three years living in Morocco, raising her sons Scott and David while teaching Spanish, English and Algebra at the U.S. Naval Air Facility High School in Kenitra, Morocco.

Upon their return to the U.S., the family resided in Old Bridge, New Jersey, where sons Kenneth and Glenn were born in 1966 and 1968, respectively. They later moved to East Windsor, New Jersey.

In 1972, following their divorce, Arlene relocated back to Pennsylvania with her four sons to Middletown, where the family lived for 13 years. During this time they persevered through numerous floods and the Three Mile Island Nuclear Accident. During this time, Arlene worked as a substitute teacher in the Middletown School District, and then succeeded as personnel specialist at Penn State's Hershey Medical Center. She continued her pursuit of a master's degree at Penn State Harrisburg while working for the medical center.

On Nov. 1, 1985, Arlene was promoted to assistant personnel director at the Applied Research Laboratory at University Park, and subsequently moved to State College. On Dec. 31, 2010, she retired with 25 years of work experience at ARL and 35 years working as a human resources manager.

Arlene was a voracious reader who loved mystery novels. She was also an avid follower of Penn State sports, especially the ice hockey and football teams. She found much pleasure visiting family and friends and giving them cards, flowers and gifts. During her 33 years in State College, Arlene attended Our Lady of Victory and Good Shepherd Catholic churches.

Arlene spoke with loving pride of her four sons, Glenn, who resided with her in State College, Kenneth and his wife, Christine, of Princeton Junction, New Jersey, David (USN-ret.), and his wife, Laurie, of Windham, New Hampshire, and Scott, of Harrisburg. She is also survived by her five wonderful grandchildren, Gregory, Eric, Sarah, Anna and Ava; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and her eldest sister, Jackie Rando, of Watsontown.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her dear sisters, Shirley Persing, in 2007, who is survived by her husband, Francis, and Jo Anne Weaver, in 2016, who is survived by her husband, Tom.

LIDDY - Arlene Liddy, 82, of State College. A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Our Lady of Victory Church, 820 Westerly Parkway, State College, with the Rev. Jonathan Dickson officiating. There will also be a private service for close friends and family Friday, Sept. 21, at the Mark D. Heintzelman Funeral Home, 1034 Benner Pike, State College. Memorial contributions may be made to the State College Food Bank, 1321 S. Atherton St., State College 16801, and Our Lady of Victory Church, 1321 South Atherton St., State College 16801. Arrangements are under the care of the Mark D. Heintzelman Funeral Home.


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Published in The News Item on Sept. 4, 2018