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Joan Gebel

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Joan Gebel age 82 of Alta Vista, IA, died Sunday, February 18, 2018, at Colonial Manor of Elma, IA. Friends may greet the family 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 22, 2018, at Hugeback - Johnson Funeral Home in New Hampton. A Memorial service will be held 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 22, 2018, following the visitation at Hugeback - Johnson Funeral Home in New Hampton with Rev. Mark Murphy presiding. A private family inurnment will take place at St. Mary's Cemetery, Little Turkey at a later date. Joan Otilia Gebel was born August 17, 1935, on a farm north of Little Turkey in Chickasaw County to Clarence and Tillie (Leuenberger) Novotny. Joan attended country school, and graduated from Lawler High School. She was united in marriage to Richard Gebel at Assumption Catholic Church, Little Turkey on April 8, 1961. To this union two children, David and Pam were born. Joan worked at Gardner Drug in New Hampton for many years. She then took a position at the Chickasaw County Sheriff's Office in 1973. Spending 39 years working there until retiring in 2012. Joan was a member of the Iowa State Sheriff's and Deputies Association for 30 years, as well as serving on the Uniform Committee for 15 years. Joan dearly loved her job and over here 39 years she worked for 4 Sheriff's. Joan enjoyed dancing, traveling to Europe, taking long walks, and good music. She loved good food and wine, and an occasional trip to the Casino. She enjoyed watching her grandson Isaac play baseball. Joan cherished time spent with family and friends. Joan is survived by her husband, Dick Gebel of Alta Vista, IA; son, David Gebel of Alta Vista, IA; daughter, Pam Gribben of Mason City, IA; granddaughter, Samantha Gribben of Waverly, IA; grandson, Isaac Gribben of Clear Lake, IA; brother, Jerry Novotny of La Porte City, IA; sister-in-law, Mary Mc'Avoy of Alta Vista, IA; two brothers-in-law, Denny (Terri) Gebel of Cedar Falls, IA, Steve Gebel of Alta Vista, IA; former son-in-law, Jerry Gribben of Mason City, IA; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

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  1. So sorry for your loss. I will never forget my lifelong friend and all the good times shopping, going to
    Clear Lake and the Mississippi and all the coffee rooms we visited. But most of all our trip to Florida
    2 years ago when we rented a condo right on the beach of Cape Canaveral. So many good times I will
    really miss her as will many of her countless friends will.

  2. Our deepest sympathy to Joanie’s family. I got to know Joanie when I worked at the Sheriffs Office and we shared many laughs! Lance knew and worked with Joanie many years at the Sheriff’s Office. So happy we were able to have dinner and cocktails with her, the Strike’s and the Bernatz’s when she came to Florida. She loved those crab legs! One last reunion, laughing and reminiscing! RIP Joanie, we loved you!

  3. Our sympathy to all of Joanie’s family. We lost a good friend Will always think of her especially when eating at Red Lobster one of her favorite places to eat where we shared many a laugh. RIP dear friend.

  4. So sorry for the loss of a dear friend and co-worker. Joanie has always held a special place in Steve’s and my heart as she was the one that introduced us. You all have our deepest sympathies, hugs and prayers!!!!
    Stephen and Shelley Stalder

  5. What a sweet soul! Joani and my wife coparented a stray cat named Pete! She had a soft spot for stray animals and they would flock to her home to get feed! Ole Pete worked my wife for canned food and would work Joani for some pillow time when it was cold Joani would take him in her house and snuggle up with Joani! Sympathy to the entire family! RIP

  6. Thoughts and prayers to the Gebel family. May you all find comfort in the days ahead. David, Carrie and Hayley Zweibohmer

  7. I am thinking of you during this difficult time. May God comfort you in the days ahead as Romans 15:5 says he supplies comfort and endurance. My deepest sympathies to the family of Joan.

  8. So sorry to hear of Joans passing. Worked with her for many years at Chickasaw County Sherriff’s Office and we had many nice visits. Sorry she went so soon, she loved and enjoyed life.
    Ginny Schroeder

  9. It is indeed sad that you are mourning the loss of your dear Joan. Please accept my condolences. Also, be comforted in knowing that in God’s due time, he will forever eliminate all suffering on earth including death, as scripturally expressed in this video link:


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