Lois Ann Jammerthal was born Jan. 2, 1936, on the family farm in Portlandville Township near Akron, the daughter of Harold and Gladys (Lower) Jammerthal. Lois Ann attended country school near her home. She was united in marriage to James W. "Jim" Arens on Feb. 11, 1956, at San Francisco, Calif. Shortly after they were married they came back to Iowa. They then lived in Denver, Colo., briefly then returning to the Merrill and Westfield area. In 2002 they moved to Le Mars.
Lois Ann had worked at IBP for several years and the Zenith Corp. in Sioux City. In 1982, Jim had a stroke and Lois Ann cared for him in their home for years. She was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Family was very important to Lois Ann; she enjoyed having her family together for "Sunday Dinner" for 40 to 50 people. Lois Ann enjoyed playing bingo at the Eagles Club in Le Mars.
Survivors include her husband of 51 years, James W. "Jim" Arens of Le Mars; seven children: Vikki (Jack) Bridgford of Le Mars, Cindi (Gary) Herman of Le Mars, James W. Arens Jr. of Springfield, Mo., Joseph Arens of Le Mars, Gregory (Cindy) Arens of Chatsworth, Sheila (Robert) Kramer of Willard, Mo., and Marc (Barb) Arens of Le Mars; 24 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren; four sisters: Lorraine Kiewel of Akron, Elaine (Jack) Strong of Sioux City, Lola Prothero of Akron, and Imogene (Clyde) McKee of Akron; a brother, Harold "Bud" (Jo) Jammerthal of Akron; a daughter-in-law, Linda Arens of Akron and several nieces and nephews.
Lois Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Gladys Jammerthal; two sons: Billy in infancy and Gordon Arens in 2004; siblings: Darlene (Lloyd) Lawrence, Shirley (Darwin) Day, and Dean, Carol, and Audrey in infancy; and a brother-in-law, Ed Kiewel.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars with the Rev. Jon Meredith of the First Baptist Church officiating. Cremation will follow the funeral service. Visitations will be after 1 p.m. Saturday until service time at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.