1800 St. George Rd., Evansville

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Arlene “Lena” M. Feiner

March 23, 1937 - November 27, 2020

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    Marion Hewett says

    A lovely tribute to a remarkable lady. I wish I had met her. Condolences to her family and friends. Peace be with her and you…Marion Hewett , a friend of Phyl and other family members…And what a family it is!,

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    Natalie Klump says

    Such a wonderful lady. Many wonderful memories of Lena. I was a patron of her gallery and enjoyed her eye for beauty. Truly remarkable woman.

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    Diane Lentz says

    What a glowing and fitting tribute to a woman who touched the lives of so many! Lena was known for her thoughtful acts and kind words–always the one to write a note of congratulations, appreciation, or a condolence. She was an awesome friend.
    Deepest sympathy to her family.

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    Mary Kohak says

    I am so sorry to learn (and belatedly) of Lena’s passing. My Grandmother, Zdislava Kohak, was a personal and professional mentor to Arlene. Somehow Lena found me when I was in Chicago for graduate school. She took me to my first opera! and took me for hot chocolate by the Marshall Fields Christmas tree. I was so touched by her care for me, her warmth and intellect and dedication to telling women’s stories. I send warm regards, and my condolences to her family.

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Lena (Arlene) M. Feiner, age 83, passed away in Evansville, Indiana on November 27, 2020, after a long and fulfilling life. Lena was an intelligent, passionate, thoughtful, and kind person who was active as a women’s rights advocate, librarian, and poet.

Lena was born on March 23, 1937, and grew up on her family’s farm near Spring Green in the beautiful “driftless” region of southwestern Wisconsin. She was the daughter of Herman and Cecilia (Meixelsperger) Feiner. After graduating from Alverno College in Milwaukee, Lena earned a Masters of Library Science degree from Rosary College, River Forest, Illinois. Lena went on to work as a librarian and women’s studies bibliographer in the Chicago area for many years.

In 1997, Lena fulfilled a decades-long dream and moved to the small, vibrant town of New Harmony, Indiana. A “born feminist”, in November 2000 Lena opened the Women’s Institute and Art Gallery in her home near the New Harmony historic district. She ran the Institute and Gallery these past two decades until just before her passing, and made many friends in New Harmony and the region, discussing art, local politics, and philosophy with her friends in the Institute library.

‎Lena Feiner is survived by her sisters Ann, Alice and Phyl, brother Rudy, and many nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Cele, Delphine and Janette, and brother Ken.