Elvira Mousel was born on the family farm near Alton, on Jan. 3, 1921, the daughter of the late Frank and Mary Konz Mousel.
Elvira attended St. Mary's School in Alton and was united in marriage to Kenneth Arens Nov. 25, 1941, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alton. The couple settled on the Arens family farm south of Remsen.
After the sudden death of her husband on July 16, 1960, Elvira moved into the town of Remsen, with her children. She was employed at the Golden Pheasant in the 1960s and Bob's IGA/Majeres Foodtown until her retirement in 1997.
Elvira was devoted to her family. She will always be remembered for her friendly smile behind the bakery counter at the grocery store, her love of the Christmas season, and her amazing ability to bake and cook. She enjoyed sharing all her cooking creations and loved company. She warmly welcomed all visitors into her home. She especially enjoyed all the times the whole family was able to get together.
She was a member at St. Mary's Catholic Church of Remsen, and Christian Mothers.
She is survived by her 13 children: Larry and his wife Carolyn Arens, Mike Arens, Shirley and her husband Ray Harpenau, Janet and her husband Leon Fiedler, Joyce Arens, Rich and his wife Bonnie Arens, and Mary Ann Arens all of Remsen, Patricia and her husband Richard Winokur of Pittsboro N.C., Lorna and her husband Jim Full, Marge and her husband Doug Harmelink, all of Omaha Neb., Jack and his wife Patricia Arens of Thorton Colo., Frank and his wife Linda Arens of Arvada, Colo., and Kendra and her husband Joe Schroeder of Le Mars; 36 grandchildren and three step-grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild: two sisters, Pearl and her husband Lee Jenness of Cherokee, and Francie Mae Homan of Remsen; sister-in-laws, Helen Jaminet, Mary Loutsch, Jane and her husband Leander Konz, Doris Wurth, and Doris Arens, all of Remsen, Mary Ann Arens of Le Mars, and Esther Konz of Alton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Kenneth; one grandson Russell Harpenau; one granddaughter Stacie Fiedler; four brothers and their wives, Arnie and his wife Ann Mousel, Ray and his wife Millie Mousel, Bud and his wife Gerry Mousel and Clarence and his wives Olie and Jen Mousel; three sisters and their husbands, Evelyn and her husband Anthony Ney, Darlene and her husband Ray Streff, Irene and her husband Otto Pottebaum and in-laws Lyle Homan, Oswald (Oz) Arens, Gene Loutsch, Ed Jaminet, Louis Wurth, Lawrence (Woody) and Valeria Alesch, Phyllis and her husband Stanley Englert, Jim Arens, and Leonard Konz.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen with the Rev. William McCarthy officiating. Burial will be in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Remsen. Friends may call anytime after 3 p.m. Wednesday. There will be a parish rosary at 4 p.m., and vigil prayer service at 7 p.m., all at the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen. Services have been entrusted to Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen.
Casket bearers will be Ken and Bryan Arens, Dean Harpenau, Heath Fiedler, Louis Winokur, Regi Arens, Michael Harmelink and Zach Schroeder. Honorary casket bearers will be all the grandchildren.
Condolences may be sent online to www.fischfh.com.