Lena M. Foxen, 95, of Anaheim, Calif., a native and former longtime resident of Le Mars, died Monday April 5, 2004 at Park Vista Nursing Center in Fullerton, Calif., following a lengthy illness.
The former Lena Margaret Ommen was born June 1, 1908 in Le Mars, the daughter of Henry and Antke (Rolapp) Ommen. She was raised in Le Mars and graduated from Le Mars Central High School. Lena was a bank clerk at Le Mars Savings Bank in the 1920s and then served as a legal secretary for the firm of Roseberry and Pitts until she retired to raise her family. Lena Ommen married George Foxen on Aug. 14, 1938 at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars. George died in May 1977. She was a secretary for Gehlen Catholic Schools after her children were grown. She moved to California to be closer to her children in 1992.
While living in Le Mars, she was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and the Christian Mother's Society.
Lena loved to crochet and spent a good deal of her time making children's blankets for the Children's Hospital while living in California. She also enjoyed playing cards.
Survivors include a son, Thomas Foxen and his wife, Ann, of Los Altos, Calif. three daughters, Meredith Roche of Glendora, Calif., Georgeann Proett and her husband Oliver of Anaheim, Calif., and Barbara Wells and her husband, Bill, of Costa Mesa, Calif.; four grandsons; five granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George Foxen; five sisters, Mary Lubben, Kate Osseln, Tena Knorr, Hannah Neisius, and Anna Oltmanns; and four brothers: Mense, John, Henry, and Garret Ommen.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday April 12, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars, with the Rev. William McCarthy as celebrant. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation will be from 9 until 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars.