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Ilene B. Fandel

May 22, 2020
Emmetsburg News

Ilene B. Fandel, 92, of Emmetsburg (recently from Ames), passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2020.

A private family graveside service was held Wednesday, May 20, at Saint Michael's Catholic Cemetery in Whittemore.

Ilene was born on May 27, 1927, to William and Lullie (Houck) Martini of Cylinder. Ilene was a graduate of Emmetsburg High School and attended Sioux City Nursing School through the Army Cadet Program.

In 1949, Ilene married the love of her life William Fandel on Sept. 3, 1949. The two enjoyed the family farm, working the land. They were the proud parents of five children: William, Michael, Gary, Marlene, and Charles.

Ilene had a fighter's spirit and that showed in every walk of her life; Ilene faced many hardships that would build her character through the years. In 1957, her son, Michael, tragically died, and a year later her husband William passed away on Christmas Eve. Ilene stayed strong and went to work as a nurse in Emmetsburg to support her children.

She loved to garden, she loved her family and treasured the small things such as spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is an inspiration for how to live a Godly life even when you are dealt adversity. Ilene will be missed by all who had the chance to call her a mother, grandmother and friend.

Ilene's passing is mourned by her children: William "Bill" (Betty) Fandel, of Unionville, MO, Gary (Linda) Fandel of West Des Moines, Marlene (Duane) Walton of Napier, and Charles (Sandra) Fandel of Estherville; 12 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and other family members.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William, her son, Michael, her parents, William and Lullie, a great-grandchild, and her nine siblings.

Cards and condolences may be sent to 1597 Xenia Drive, Ames, IA 50014

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