In loving memory of

Phyllis Fandel
September 26, 1926 - April 27, 2019

A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, May 3, 2019 at St. Michael's Catholic Church. Visitation will be held from 4:30 to 7:00 PM on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at St. Michael's Catholic Church. A rosary beginning at 4:30 PM and a Scripture Prayer Service beginning at 7 PM.

Phyllis Gwendolyn Fandel was born on September 26, 1926, in Greenville, IA the daughter of Norman and Tracy (Heien) Crawford. Phyllis graduated from Algona High School in 1944. Following high school, she attended Iowa Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing where she received her nursing degree in 1948 thru the US Cadet Nurses Corps.

Phyllis worked as a Registered Nurse from 1967-1971 at the Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg. She then worked as the Nursing Home Administrator at the West Bend, IA Care Center from 1971-1991.

On June 16, 1948, she was united in marriage to Francis M. Fandel in Whittemore, Iowa. They made their home in Whittemore.

Phyllis endured much throughout her life; but her strong will and strong faith enabled her to remain a positive person. She was always open to anyone that came to her. Family was everything to Phyllis and she truly loved spending time with all her grandchildren.

She believed it was vital to keep her mind exercised and alert. Phyllis was engaged in a lifetime of learning in a variety of ways, particularly through her love of reading and puzzles. She also enjoyed playing card, traveling with her husband, and baking. She was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, St. Michael's Rosary Society, CDA, and Centennial Women's Club of Whittemore.

Phyllis died Saturday, April 27, 2019, at Kossuth Regional Health Center. She was 92.

Phyllis is survived by her children, Linda (Curt) Vaudt of Whittemore, Dale (Sue) Fandel of Tega Cay, SC, Roxanne Krieps of Sexton, Norman (Tammie) Fandel of Jefferson, Mark Fandel of Milan, MI, Jan (Mike) Capesius of Lu Verne, Phillip (Wanda) Fandel of Bowie, TX; daughter-in-law, Jan Fandel. 21 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren. Sister Nancy Geres. Sisters-in-law Marian Youngwirth and Ilene Fandel. Many nieces, nephews, cousin and friends.

Preceding her in death are her parents, husband Francis in 2001. Daughter Diane in 1953, Son David in 2019, Son-in-law Jack Krieps. Sisters Joan (Tom) Schuller and Gloria (Gene) Rochleau.


Roberta Struecker Durand wrote on May 6, 2019:

"Deepest sympathies to the Fandel family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers."

Bill and Marcie Frevert wrote on May 3, 2019:

"Linda, Roxie and Fandel Family, Your mother was a special lady. We are so glad to have known her. She was always pleasant and positive. We are certain there is a special place in Heaven for her. You have our sincere sympathy, Bill and Marcie Frevert"

Brian & Mary Schaaf wrote on May 2, 2019:

"Jan and Family - you're in our thoughts and prayers! Your mom was a special lady!"

Michelle wrote on May 2, 2019:

"Phyllis was an incredible woman who I was lucky enough to know. Sending love and prayers to her big beautiful family. "

Shirley Pierson wrote on Apr 30, 2019:

"Sorry for your loss. Phyllis was a fantastic lady with such a positive personality. Thoughts and prayers from Randy and Shirley Pierson"

Candi Vernon wrote on Apr 30, 2019:

"Our prayers and thoughts are with the family during this time. Meg, I know you often spoke of Phyllis and she will greatly be missed. Robert and Candi Vernon"

Home wrote on Apr 30, 2019:

"Sorry for your loss Roxie and Linda. Phyllis was a sweet lady! Your Mom and my Mom had a lot of good times! Hang on to the good memories! Lynette & Tom Vaske"

Sheree Simonson wrote on Apr 30, 2019:

"I'm so sorry for your lost, I enjoyed being your neighbor for so long. My love and prayers are with you. Love you Linda. Sheree Simonson"