Doris was born Sept. 14, 1919, at Remsen, the daughter of Joseph and Anna (Goetzinger) Schnepf. Doris was raised in the Oyens. She graduated from St. Mary's High School.
After graduation she worked for several families as a mother's helper. She traveled to Wichita, Kan., to support the war effort as a riveter.
On April 3, 1943, she married Oswald Arens at Oyens. The couple lived in California for one year where Os was stationed with the Army. They returned to Remsen in 1945, and she helped him build a trucking business.
Os died April 4, 1989.
Doris was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Remsen where she was happy to be a lay minister for many years. She was member and past officer of the St. Mary's Guild and Catholic Daughters of America.
Doris was also a member of the Happy Siesta Auxillary.
She enjoyed playing cards, quilting and bowling. She began the tradition of donating pies at St. Mary's Church Auction. Everyone loved her baking.
Survivors include her six sons, Jim and his wife, Judy, Joe and his wife, Betty, Jerry and his wife, Monica, Lou and his wife, Peg, Rob and his wife, Pam, all of Remsen, and Phil and his wife, LeAnn of Le Mars; one daughter, Ann McManus and her husband, Dan of Dakota Dunes, S.D.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one brother, Milo Schnepf of Fairbault, Minn.; two sisters, Hildegard Cerveny of Cedar Rapids, and JoAnn Reinert of Harlingen, Texas; and one sister-in-law, Marie Schnepf of Oyens.
Preceded by: her parents; two brothers, Robert Schnepf and William Schnepf and his wife, Bernice; two sisters-in-law, Helen Schnepf and Arlene Schnepf; two brothers-in-law, Harold Cerveny and Herman Reinert and a daughter-in-law, Judy Arens.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen with the Rev. William McCarthy officiating and Deacon Rick Roder officiating. Burial will be in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Remsen. Visitation will be anytime after 2 p.m. today (Wednesday). There will be a parish rosary at 3 p.m. and a vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m., all at the Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen.
Casketbearers will be Greg, Chris, Jeff, Matt and Tyler Arens and Cliff Collins.
Condolences may be sent online to www.fischfh.com.