Alena "Lennie" Schroeder

April 22, 1939 - April 6, 2020

Alena “Lennie” Schroeder, 80, of Gatesville, previously of Beaumont, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on April 6, 2020. She passed away at her daughter’s home in Gatesville, Texas. Born on April 22, 1939, she was the only girl to Erna and Dutch Schroeder, the baby of five brothers. Alena grew up in Amelia, Texas. Her claim to fame in high school was being the “number one mixed doubles for the greenies tennis team.” She graduated from South Park High School in 1956. After graduation, she worked as a proof-reader for the Enterprise and Journal.

She married Arthur Zoch on February 12, 1958. They had two daughters, Karen and Julie. Alena and Arthur were quite the adventurers, moving their family to Central America and later on to Saudi Arabia and Jordan. They returned to the states and opened the Jailhouse BBQ restaurant in Cheek, Texas and then the Country Cafe on Highway 124. They divorced in 1990. Alena then went work for Texas Federal Prison Systems as a phlebotomist. She retired in 2007.

Alena is survived by her daughters, Karen Kay Seaman and her husband, Kevin, and Julie Doyle and her husband, Johnny; grandchildren, Stephen Seaman and his wife, Monica, and Stephanie Reed and her husband, Marcus; and great-grandchild, Meadow Reed.

She is proceeded in death by her parents; brothers, Bootsy Schroeder, Sugam Schroeder, Johnny Schroeder, Marvin Schroeder, and Icky Schroeder; and grandson Spenser Doyle.

Alena was kind, honest, and caring. Her door was always open for a cup of coffee, a piece of pie, a great laugh, or a good conversation. She touched many lives and brought smiles to many faces. She lived with Parkinson’s disease for ten years and never quit trying. She was a HERO and will be missed by us all.

A family graveside service for Mrs. Schroeder will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont under the direction of Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont.


Forest Lawn Memorial Park

Forest Lawn Memorial Park
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Broussard's Mortuary - McFaddin Avenue

Broussard's Mortuary - McFaddin Avenue
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Beverly Cook

My precious friend Karen, praying for you and Julie and your families as you walk through this time of incredible loss and grief. Asking God to bring peace and comfort as you say your final goodbyes here on earth. Rejoicing that your sweet momma will spend her first Easter in heaven! What an incredible blessing for her and a future hope for those who are in Christ Jesus! I love you dearly, my friend. Bev and Family

Kathy A Hendon

I met Aunt Lennie several years ago through Donny and Suzan Schroeder. Precious sweet lady, always a sweet smile on her face. My prayers are with you on this sad day. I feel sure Aunt Lennie is having a wonderful reunion in heaven with all the other Schroeders!

Sarah Gentz

I am so glad to have known Alena....what a wonderful person❤️

Terri Smith

I love you, Aunt Lennie!!

Charlotte Arceneaux

Dear Julie and Karen, I am so sorry about Lena, she will be missed by all. She was the sweetest person and never met a stranger. My thoughts and prayers are with all of your family and Love and Hugs to all. Charlotte and Family

Karen Seaman

Thank you my sweet friend.! Love you dearly, Felt your prayer and God’’s comforter. ❤️K

Lisa Cox

Sweet heart breaks for the loss of your Mom. As daughters, it’s so hard to say goodbye to the woman who contributed to the shaping of who we are today. Your Mama brought an amazing person into this world. I did not know your Mom but I can say she raised a beautiful daughter who has become a wonderful friend. I’m so grateful for her life because of you. Prayers, Love and Hugs to you and your family as you walk this difficult journey.

Brenda (Condon) Strong

Lena was very sprecial person in my life. Know you were very Blessed to have her as your Mother. May God comfort you at the moment in your life. Know she was loved and chersihed by all that knew Lena.. She will be missed.


Karen and Julie, I have known Alena since 4th grade at Amelia Elementary. So sorry to hear about her passing. I know it will be a great loss for you'll, but know she is in no pain and in a better place.

Vickie & Van Lawrence

We send up our prayers for you, Kevin,and your family. For Julie and her family. I know this is a bitter sweet time. You and Julie were so good to take such Excellent care for your sweet mother. Now she is in the care of King Jesus. Your loss is her gain. God will lead, guide, and comfort your hearts as your days go by. I believe she would say to you today to love life here in your purpose for God in her memory. For now she sees brightly in the Kingdom of our heavenly Father.

Charlotte Zoch

OH...the fun we had. So many great memories. Two of the best . Being with ya'll, coming back from swimming or wherever, running out of gas always on a major highway and having to push the car and usually in our swimsuits. My personal favorite, your parents had a goose, that was very much the "yard dog" and when anyone drove up Alena would coming running of the house with a piece of PVC pipe...swing it way out in front of her yelling and chasing off the goose so we could get in the house. Lots of great memories. I know ya'll will miss her. Hang on to those good times, they will see you through.

Martha Zoch

Julie and Karen, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I remember all the good times we had in our younger days. Lots of good memories! May God comfort you and give you peace.

Wayne Brown

Alana was a good friend from Amelia school days on. Our family's knew each other from my dad's days and Alena's brothers. The Zoch fa uly were long time friends.also.. My condolences to Karen, Julie and the family Rest in Peace A.ena. Wayne Brown

John Allen & Vicki Cloud Hartwick Allen

Prayers of comfort for Lennie's family. My Mother loved visiting & talking with her when they worked at the Federal Prison. Hopefully they are catching up in Heaven now!!!

Andy and Shannon Hicks

We are sending you thoughts and prayers of comfort. Bethany loves Nana as her own as we love your family as ours too. Love, Shannon

Jena Schroeder

I’ll always remember her warm and kind nature; that twinkle in her eyes and great humor. She was a great lady I’ll always have fond memories of. Prayers for all of the family at this time of sorrow ~~~