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Mary Gebel

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Mary Agnes Gebel age 92 of New Hampton, IA, died Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at the Muse-Norris Hospice House in Mason City. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 2, 2018, at Holy Family Parish, New Hampton with Rev. Brian Dellaert celebrating the Mass. The pall will be placed by her children. Kelli Mitchell and, Katie Gebel and Angie Gebel will bring forward the offertory gifts. Jody Kline and Stacy Friedrich will serve as lectors. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, New Hampton with Nathan Gebel, Jared Gebel, Brad Friedrich, Aaron Kline, Larry Lensing and Jake Mitchell. Friends may greet the family 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home in New Hampton where there will be a 6:30 p.m. parish scripture service. Visitation continues an hour prior to the Mass at the church on Friday. Mary Agnes Gebel was born August 29, 1926, on the Blong family farm near Lawler, IA, the daughter of Louis and Elizabeth (Balk) Blong. She received her education at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School in Lawler, graduating in 1944. After graduation she attended business college in Dubuque, followed by working at John Deere in Waterloo and the bakery in New Hampton. On September 5, 1950, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Lawler, Mary was united in marriage to LeRoy Gebel. LeRoy’s family had been neighbors to the Blongs while they lived on the farm. To this union, six children were born. Mary and LeRoy farmed between New Hampton and Lawler for over 42 years, before they moved into New Hampton in 2000. Mary had a passion for cooking and baking for her large family. She also loved the show “I Love Lucy”. She had many cats on the farm that she loved and cared for. She and LeRoy also enjoyed going to many area dances and were always ready to play a game of cards. Mary was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the America’s and was a charter member of the Putter Pals Neighborhood Club. More than anything, she loved her family and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Survivors include three sons, Steve Gebel of Ionia, Jim (Eileen) Gebel of New Hampton and Gerard (Mary) Gebel of Cedar Falls; two daughters, Pam (Gary) Gilbert of Mason City and Paulette (Tony) Villhauer of Iowa City; eight grandchildren, Angela Gilbert, Kelli (Jake) Mitchell, Nathan (Tammie) Gebel, Lori (Larry) Lensing, Katie Gebel, Stacy (Brad) Friedrich, Jody (Aaron) Kline and Jared Gebel; ten great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, LeRoy in 2009; her son, Larry Gebel in 2010; three sisters, Arlene Blong, Patricia Ondrashek and Edna Reicks; three brothers, Louis Blong, Cletus Blong and Cyril Blong.

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  1. Jim and Eileen and the entire Gebel family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Please accept our sympathy.

  2. Mary had such a zippy personality! She loved coming to her grandchildren’s activities in Charles City and I always enjoyed visiting with her. My sympathy to her family.

  3. Condolences to Mary Agnes’ family. Lived as neighbors for many years on the farm and she and Leroy were wonderful neighbors. Jan Denner Manson Zellwood, Fl

  4. Steve, Iam so sorry to see of your mom’s passing. She was a very good neighbor and friend to my mom. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

  5. I saw Mary at the nursing home just a few short weeks ago and gave her a pumpkin that had grown in my garden here on the farm, which had been Mary’s garden as we bought our farm and the acreage from Leroy and Mary back in 2000. I told Mary that the pumpkin came from her old garden and she was just thrilled with knowing that and when I was walking out the door I heard her tell everyone in the dining room about that pumpkin and where it came from! Mary was always so nice and kind to talk to and I enjoyed visiting with her over the years. She always had a smile on her face and I’ll always remember that. Our deepest sympathy to all of Mary’s family. Nick and Kendra Leibold

  6. Lori , I didn’t know your Grandma, but from how you talked about her, she sounded like an awesome lady. My sympathies to you and your family. Sounds like heaven gained a very special Angel.

  7. To the family,
    I did not know your Mother at all and I don’t believe I know any of the family, but watching this Tribute video I believe your Mother was a beautiful, wonderful Mother to her children. May your memories be a blessing to all of you, I’m sure she will be missed by all of you.
    Sandy Jaschen

  8. My heart goes out to the family during this difficult time. I hope you find great comfort in your beautiful memories as well as in God’s promises for the future. Revelation 21:3, 4

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