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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 20, 2014

Lena M. Hogan

Jul 28, 2014
LENA M. HOGAN — 1920-2014

Lena M. Hogan, 94, of Fairfield, died Friday, July 25, 2014, at Mercy Hospice in Iowa City.

A celebration of life service is set for 11 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Fairfield.

A register will be available for signing beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday at Behner Funeral Home in Fairfield. Visitation with the family will be 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesday prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Fairfield United Methodist Church Higher Education Scholarship Fund. Online condolences can be directed to www.behnerfh.com.

Lena Marjorie Hogan was born Feb. 4, 1920, at home in Kossuth, the daughter of Frank and Lena Anna Lee Pierson. She married Fritz Hogan on Valentine’s Day 1940 in Burlington. He died in 1996.

She grew up during the Great Depression and was a 1937 graduate of Huron High School near Oakville.

After farming for several years in the Iowa City area and near Sigourney, she and her husband worked at Huron Community School and then settled on a farm in Jefferson County in 1954.

Mrs. Hogan was a homemaker who worked in Fairfield first as switchboard operator-clerk at Louden Manufacturing Co. She became a proofreader at The Fairfield Ledger at a time when the paper was published six days a week. During her tenure there, she was self-taught in mastering the perforator, the precursor of computers, used in processing news articles and advertising copy. She retired in 1983 after 31 years with the newspaper.

In retirement, she was an avid traveler throughout the U.S. and into Canada and Mexico. She and her husband spent winters at Sun Life Park in Mesa, Arizona. After her husband died, she continued to return there annually. In Mesa, she volunteered at Velda Rose United Methodist Church working on sewing projects for needy people; she was a volunteer and member of First United Methodist Church in Fairfield.

She created quilts for all of her children and each of her grandchildren, walked long distances in the countryside, shared the bounty of her gardens, experimented with new recipes to serve others, played countless games of euchre and pinochle with friends, read up to three newspapers a day, and delighted in public television programming especially centered on British comedies, history and travelogues. Her greatest joy was her loving family.

Survivors include: one daughter, Dixie Lee Hoekman and husband Will of Des Moines; one son, Dean W. Hogan and wife Denise of Fort Madison; five grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and four brothers.

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