Planters for Parents

When entering the church parking lot at the northeast entrance, look for the three new beautiful metal planters recently installed beneath the Four Seasons stain glass window. The planters were donated in memory of Lena Angaran who passed on November 29, 2013.  The stain-glass window was donated in memory of Angelo Angaran who passed on February 13, 2005.

Angelo “Jake” Angaran and Lena (Pedretti) Angaran were lifelong members of Waukee and St Boniface Parish.  Each of their parents immigrated from Italy, eventually settling in the Shuler Coal Mine Camp area in Waukee.  Jake, a World War II veteran, and Lena were married during war times in the St Boniface Rectory.  Their life revolved around their three daughters Dena, Linda and Kathy.  Relatives, friends and the St Boniface community were an extension of their life and commitments.

Jake and Lena were dedicated to the parish community.  Jake was a building contractor who shared his skills at the old church, making needed Post Vatican II changes in the sanctuary.  He constructed a new hall to accommodate parish needs for more classrooms and a larger kitchen.  On Saturday night, you would find him at church as an usher.  When not an usher, his favorite spot was the back pew where he greeted you with a big smile.  A man of humble origins, Jake lived his life the same way.

Lena’s homemaking and creative skills were shared in the parish community as religious education teacher, women’s guild member, choir member, creating garden flower bouquets for weekend mass, lector, and communion minister.  In later years, she built personal relationships with those in need as a communion minister to the elderly and those who were ill brightening their world with her spirit of humor, hope and love.

Jake and Lena’s legacy of love, faith, family, hospitality and compassion are remembered in these memorials donated to St Boniface.  Daughter, Dena Forret, pictured above, feels a sense of serenity when standing beneath the window donated for her father that is now graced with the planters donated for her mother.  Both are remembrances of special parents who served others.  Memorial funds donated to St Boniface or the family helped make these memorials possible.

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