Tena Anna Doehla
Tena Anna Doehla, 107, of rural Concordia, passed away on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, peacefully at home one day after her birthday.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Concordia, with Rev. Marc Jackson officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Paulís Lutheran Cemetery in Concordia. Pallbearers are Jim Storck, Bruce Strobel, Richard Strobel, Bill Gausau, Jerry Gausau and Steve Krause. Memorials may be made to St. Paulís Lutheran Grade School. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.
Tena was born August 30, 1911, near Lohman, to Otto Strobel and Johanna Rockelmann Strobel. She attended grade school locally and German Lutheran School at her church. She served as a nanny for various families in the Jefferson City and Lohman communities as well as being a devoted Sunday school teacher at St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Lohman. In 1946, she moved to Kansas City and served as a room mother at the Spofford Home, an orphanage for boys.
Tena had known Gilbert Doehla through his sister and her friend, Lenora, for many years. After dating for 13 years, they married on Easter Sunday, April 6, 1947, after Gilbert drove to Kansas City to get her. Their two children were born before they moved to the rural Concordia farm in early 1957 where they lived until his death and hers on Aug. 31.
The Concordia community provided the best possible, loving neighbors and friends for the rest of her life. She loved the neighborhood children and they loved to visit and play ďin the attic.Ē She was a member of St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Concordia.
Tena was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and was faithful to all who knew her. She loved children, gardening, her flowers, cooking and animals. But, first and foremost, she loved her Lord Jesus. She had been ready to be with Him for years and is now overjoyed to be in His presence with family and friends.
Tena was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gilbert; daughter, Shirley Cleveland; a daughter in infancy; a sister, Laura Gasau; a brother, Leo Strobel; and many friends.
She is survived by her son, Jim Doehla (Myra) of Pleasant Hill; son-in-law, Greg Cleveland of Warrensburg; five grandchildren: Joy Hawkins (Andrew) of Pleasant Hill, Jamie Heck of Overland Park, Kan., Joel Doehla (Sandra) of Shawnee, Kan., Ashley Howard (Zac) of Leeís Summit, and Ross Cleveland (Taylor) of Russellville; and six great-grandchildren: Riley, Parker and Reagan Hawkins, and Harper, Weston and Ellisyn Howard.