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Angela Fencl

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Angela M. (Nockels) Fencl age 98 of Waterloo, formerly of Lawler died Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at the Cedar Valley Hospice in Waterloo. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 6, 2016, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Charles City with her brother, Rev. George Karnik celebrating the Mass. The pall will be placed by her four children. Lector for the service will be Bill Nockels. Presenting the offertory gifts will be her grandchildren, Ellie Lewis, Kim WIlliamson, Shaelynn Farnsworth and Shannon Hampsher. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Charles City with Tim Nockels, Steve Nockels, Greg Nockels, Justin Bonwell, Nathan Farnsworth, Seth Hampsher, Mark Lewis and Mark Nockels serving as pallbearers. Friends may greet the family 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Sunday, June 5, 2016, at the Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home in New Hampton. Visitation continues an hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. If so desired, the family prefers memorials to the Cedar Valley Hospice. Angela was born July 23, 1917, to Anton and Mary (Ryant) Karnik in rural Fort Atkinson, Iowa. She went to a county school at the age of five. As a freshman she attended school in Protivin where she played basketball. She was called “Fuzzy” the guard! Her parents wanted her to go back home and attend Fort Atkinson Catholic School after two years at Rudolphinum in Protivin. She graduated from Fort Atkinson and attended college in 1935, at the Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, where she received her teaching certificate. Angela’s first country school that she taught at was approximately one mile away from her parents house. She was there for three years before changing to another school in another District. During one of her occasions at a Spillville Dance she met Francis B. Nockels. The two were, eventually married on February 24, 1941 at St. John’s Church in Fort Atkinson. The couple were blessed with four children. Angela and Francis were married for 32 years and were very loving parents, and very proud of their children. When Francis died in 1973, Angela got a full time job as a cook at 11th Street Chautauqua Nursing Home in Charles City. She also cooked for the nuns following working at the nursing home. Angela enjoyed visiting her grown children and seeing all of her special grandchildren. About five years later she married a very special man who was kind and sweet, Henry Fencl. They were married on December 29th, 1978 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Charles City. They were married almost 25 years before Henry passed away in 2003. Angela’s faith was very important to her and she was active in the Catholic Church. She was a Eucharist Minister and belonged to the Catholic Daughters of the Americas in Lawler. She also was her daughter’s girl scout leader for many years. She was a very good cook and spent many hours in the kitchen. Being a good Czech, she made her famous Kolaches. Every season she would pick strawberries and sometimes mushrooms with her friend Alvina. She also made very beautiful quilts. Angela never was afraid to face a challenge. She was a very strong, loving and caring person. Angela is survived by her daughter; Mary Ann (Bill) Bonwell of Cedar Rapids, IA; three sons, James Nockels of Oskaloosa, IA, Paul (Diane) Nockels of Blair, NE and William Nockels of Plano, TX; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one brother, Rev. George Karnick of Evansdale, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents; both of her husbands, Francis Nockels and Henry Fencl; brother, Leonard Karnik, Charles Karnik, Clarence Karnik, Anthony Karnik and Raymond Karnik; sister, Marcella Lynch.

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  1. My sympathy and prayers for the loss of your mother, Angela Fencl. I especially give my love to Mary Ann and William whom I taught in second grade at Immaculate Conception School in Charles City, IA. William I have a class picture of your class in second grade when I taught you in 1956 – 57. Mary Ann, you were in my second grade class in 1958-59. Those were the days when I had 45 or 50 students in my classes. But I have fond memories of those years. I also have the group pictures of both of your First Communion classes. I will pray for both of you and your families and all the children and grandchildren of your mother. May she rest in peace. There was a Memorial card of your mother on our bulletin board here at our convent in Dubuque. I have been retired here for eight years after teaching and other ministry for 56 years. Sister Dolores Zieser

  2. Our sympathy to the family. We have many fond memories of chatting with Angela at family gatherings at Tony and Rita Karnik’s farm near Fort Atkinson many years ago. She always made a special effort to visit when we came and of course brought along some special homemade dessert or Kolaches! Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. Sincerely, Patrick and Flora (Perry) McMullen (Rita Karnik’s sister)


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