Joan Gebel, 82, Alta Vista

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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