Arend (Archer), Jean Catherine, age 83 of Arden Hills passed away peacefully surrounded by family on April 29, 2020.
Jean was born in Minneapolis on January 29, 1937 to James Archer and Irene (Clifford) Archer. She attended Derham Hall High School, graduating in 1954, and went on to attend the College of St. Catherine, earning a nursing degree in 1957. She married Paul Arend in 1959. Jean worked as an overnight, nurse supervisor at St. Joseph’s Hospital until 1963 when their third child was born. At that point, Jean stayed home and raised their five children. Paul and Jean were parishioners at Holy Childhood Catholic Church in St. Paul for over 50 years. Between raising children and spending time at the family cabin on Lake Sullivan, Jean volunteered for MCCL, supporting their pro-life cause.
In 1984 Jean began volunteering at Sharing and Caring Hands in Minneapolis and found her true passion in cooking and serving the needs of the poor and homeless. She worked there as often as she could until the recent Covid virus hit.
Jean is survived by her children and their spouses: Mark (Julie) Arend, Terry (Bob) Provo, Greg (Michelle) Arend, Mike (Lisa) Arend, Mary (Chris) Hoglund; 17 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren (plus 3 on the way); sisters: Anne (George) Puype, Mary Mitch, Missy Archer; and brother John (Joanne) Archer; and many nieces and nephews.
Her last days were filled with love, prayers, songs, stories, laughter and tears. We are grateful for that special time with her. Jean embodied the corporal works of mercy everyday of her life: Feed the Hungry, Shelter the Homeless, Clothe the Naked, Visit the Sick, Bury the Dead, Give Alms to the Poor. She will be dearly missed but she is now able to again be with her beloved husband of 56 years and many other friends and relatives gone before her. We are confident the Lord has welcomed her to Him saying, “Well done, my good and faithful servant!”
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, June 8, 2020 at Holy Childhood Catholic Church, 1435 Midway Parkway - Saint Paul; at 11:00 am. We will be following recommendations for social distancing and capacity limits.
Internment: Due to COVID 19 restrictions, burial will be limited to only family at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, 1:00 pm.
Memorial donations preferred to Sharing and Caring Hands