A century and then some: Lena Lane's legacy

SANDUSKY Lena Lane is celebrating more than a century of memories. Lane, a resident at theProvidence Care Center, turn
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

SANDUSKY

Lena Lane is celebrating more than a century of memories.

Lane, a resident at theProvidence Care Center, turned 105 on Friday. Family and friendsgathered for her birthday party at the care center's dining room.

They shared smiles and stories over cake and ice cream.

Lena L. Lane was born in 1902 in Kuztown, Penn., to Uriah and Della Bock. During the Great Depression, Lane had to quit school and begin working at a factory that made parts for shells used during WW II.

She later married Ralph Lane and the two moved to Whites Landing where she worked at their local bar/store for many years.

Lane has one son, six grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 19 great-great grandchildren.

"She's very, very dedicated to her family," said Rae Cox, Lane's granddaughter.

Cox, 47, of Bellevue said her mother died when she was very young so her grandmother cared for her.

"Grandma is my mom, my grandma and my best friend," Cox said.

Mike Lane, 56, of Castalia fondly remembers the many pies his grandmother loved to bake.

"She was always there, whatever we needed," he said.

Linda Schwochow, 58, of Vickery, now lives about a mile from the home where her grandmother used to live and where she stayed with her while her husband was serving in the Vietnam War.

"She was just always there," Schwochow said.