In loving memory of

JoAnne Ferstl
November 20, 1938 - July 24, 2020

A Private funeral Mass for JoAnne Ferstl, 81, of Algona, will be held 10:30 AM Friday, July 31st at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wesley. Burial will be in St. Benedict Catholic Cemetery. The funeral Mass and burial will be live streamed on Oakcrest Funeral Services' Facebook page. Her family will greet friends from 5 to 7 PM Thursday at Oakcrest Funeral Services of Wesley. Social distancing practices will be followed and the family request people to wear masks.

JoAnne was born November 20, 1938, in Smithland, daughter of Leroy and Pauline (Young) Pfeffer. She grew up in Wesley graduating from Wesley High School in 1956. She married Jerry J. Ferstl on May 26, 1956, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wesley. Together they raised a family of five children.

JoAnne worked a combined 40 years at Britt Tech, Sears, Solbach's, K-Mart, and then at the Algona Public Library. She was wonderful cook and she loved spending time with her family attending all of her grandchildren's activities. She also enjoyed reading, flowers, ceramics, and painting hand towels. JoAnne and Jerry enjoyed wintering in Mesa, AZ for 13 years starting in 2003. She was member of St. Benedict Catholic Church being active in the C.D.of A. and was now a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wesley. She also was a member of her card club and enjoyed getting together on Friday afternoons.

JoAnne Ferstl died Friday, July 24, 2020 at her home in Algona. She was 81.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Jerri L. Ferstl of Des Moines, Judy (Tom) Loebig of Wesley, Joyce (Chad) Harms of Clear Lake, Janet (Dick) Farrell of Des Moines, and John (Shari) Ferstl of Oakdale, MN; her 12 grandchildren, Jamie (Steve) Wilkens, Nikki (Steven) Grandgenett, Stephanie (Travis) Angell, Kyle Arey, Hillaree (George) Biddlecome, Harrison Farrell, Shelby Ferstl, Kelsie Ferstl, Colton and Colby Harms, and Kailey and Kasey King; and her 5 great-grandchildren, Abigail and Benson Angell, Breckin and Boyd Grandgenett, and Libbie Mae Biddlecome. She is also survived by a brother, John (Joan) Pfeffer of Ames; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Jerry on April 14, 2016; an infant daughter, Mary; a grandson, Hollister Farrell; a great-grandson, George Jeremiah Biddlecome; a brother, Paul (Edith) Pfeffer; and a sister, Judy Laing.


Robyn Froehlich Gray wrote on Aug 3, 2020:

"So sorry to hear of the passing of JoAnn her daughter Joyce was a childhood friend so many fun times at the Ferstl?s"

Wayne and Shirley Arndorfer wrote on Aug 2, 2020:

"We are sorry for the loss of JoAnn, our prayers are with you. Thinking of you"

Lisa wrote on Jul 31, 2020:

"May you rest in peace and watch over us. Prayers are being sent to all of you."

Dick and Lynn Miller wrote on Jul 28, 2020:

"We are sorry for your loss."

William Steven wrote on Jul 28, 2020:

"Joyce and Families so very sorry for your loss its never easy loosing a parent as I well know. Sending Prayers and Hugs for all of you and that you find comfort in knowing that you will see her again someday. God Bless you all "

William Steven wrote on Jul 28, 2020:

"Joyce and Family I\'m so sorry for your loss keeping you all in my Prayers and Hugs to all of you during this time of sorrow and sadness. Please God Bless these families during this period of sorrow. "

Anne and Joe Dols wrote on Jul 28, 2020:

"We are so sorry for your loss. We always enjoyed JoAnne when she was down to visit your family in Des Moines. She was a very loving woman. "

Julie Pesicka wrote on Jul 27, 2020:

"I remember JoAnn when she worked at K-Mart. John I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a very wonderful person."

Cindy Kohlhaas wrote on Jul 27, 2020:

"You have my deepest sympathy. Like all of us St Benedict people, she was sad when the church closed. She was a fighter, a believer, and she always kept the faith. Wishing you peace and healing. Cindy and Terry Kohlhaas "

Deb Schutter wrote on Jul 26, 2020:

"So very sorry for your loss! May your memories be of comfort during this time "