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780 12th St. SW
P.O. Box 822
Le Mars, IA 51031
Phone: 712-546-4903
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Joan Heissel

Joan Ellen Heissel (Clifford)

Tuesday, April 28th, 1931 - Thursday, September 12th, 2019
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Joan E. Heissel, 88, of Le Mars, Iowa passed away on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at the Good Samaritan Society in Le Mars. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at All Saints Catholic Parish – St. James Church in Le Mars. Father Bruce Lawler will celebrate Mass. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation with the family present will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, September 16, 2019 at the Mauer – Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. There will be a Catholic Daughters Rosary at 5:00 p.m. and a Scriptural Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will resume at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the Church.

Joan Ellen Clifford was born on April 28, 1931 in Canton, South Dakota, the daughter of George and Ellen (Brazzell) Clifford. She was raised in Canton and graduated from Canton High School. Joan moved to Le Mars, Iowa in the early 50’s and took a position as a telephone operator.

On August 20, 1953, Joan and Francis “Fritz” Heissel were united in marriage in Canton at St. Chrysostom Catholic Church. They made their home in Le Mars where Joan was a homemaker. In the early 70’s, Joan started TLC Daycare in her home. She cared for countless children until retiring in 2005. Joan moved to the Good Samaritan Society in Le Mars on June 18, 2015.

Joan was an active member of All Saints Catholic Parish – St. James Church in Le Mars. She was a member of Catholic Daughters of the Americas and was the Sunday School coordinator for over 30 years. She and Fritz also assisted with the Gehlen Ball for many years. In earlier years, she belonged to the Le Mars Fire Department Auxiliary, Fire Bells. She and Fritz enjoyed playing in a card club and Joan participated in ceramics and a knitting club, even though they never knitted a thing. One of her favorite pastimes was going to garage sales on Saturday mornings with her sister Mary. She received the Iowa Volunteer of the Year Award from Governor Terry Branstad.

Joan was a fantastic cook and, along with her family, everyone was welcome in her home. Even though she lived her entire married life in Iowa, South Dakota was always in her heart. She spoke often of her childhood and her family growing up in Canton.

Grateful to have shared her life are her children, Dr. Kris (Steve) Melloy of Loveland, CO, Jeff (Laura) Heissel of Arlington Heights, IL, Becky (Bud) Bates of Le Mars, IA, Lori (Mike) Rogan of Dubuque, IA, Kim (Jay) Becker, Kevin (Connie) Heissel, Jackie (Joe) Clarey, Pat (Cheri) Heissel, Nikki (Joel) Johnson, B.J. (Kerri Hoffman) Heissel all of Le Mars, IA; grandchildren, Jaclyn (Justin) Hone, Allison (Brad) McAllister, Eric Heissel, Ryan (fiancé, Ashley Collins) Bates, Elizabeth Bates, Alex (Alyx) Rogan, Kacie (Jared) Schmit, Kelli (Brad) Matt, Matt (Amanda Brock) Becker, Ashley (Kevin) Corkery, Carissa (Karl) Warner, Tyler (Andrew Wojtek) Clarey, Zachary Clarey, Cole (Jackie) Heissel, Megan (Ty Schoellerman) Heissel, Jacob (Shelby) Johnson, Madelyn Johnson, Jack Johnson, Brooklyn Heissel, Beau Heissel, Carter Heissel, Lance (Christine) Eddie; great-grandchildren, Gage and Nash Rogan, Cohen Schmit, Lucy and Leo Matt, Ryley Reinke, Laikyn and Kolton Warner, Harrison and Bennett Corkery, Owen Clarey, Emery Jo Heissel, Jayce Johnson, Nash, Sloane and Klein Eddie; brothers, Jerry (Darlene) Clifford of Murrieta, CA, Ronald (Linda) Clifford of Rip Rancho, NM; a sister, Patty Clifford of Sioux Falls, SD; sisters-in-law, Ruth Clifford of Avilla, IN and Jan Heissel of Storm Lake, IA; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Fritz on July 13, 2005; her infant children, Timothy, Regan, Molly and Bridget; grandchildren, Kaitelin Clarey, Joshua Johnson and Jamie Bates; sisters, Colleen Clifford, Mary (Dale) Zimmerman, Marjorie (Steve) Guidici and Delores (Romaine) Ulrichson; brothers, George, Dennis, John, Charles and Joseph (Celinie); and several in-laws.

Memorials may be directed to All Saints Catholic Parish or the Good Samaritan Society of Le Mars.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, September 16th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday, September 16th, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Mauer Johnson Funeral Home
    780 12th Street SW
    LE MARS, IA 51031
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    There will be a Catholic Daughters Rosary at 5:00 p.m. and a Scriptural Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will resume at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the Church.
  • Service

    Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 10:30am
    All Saints Catholic Parish - St James Church
    109 6th Ave. SW
    LE MARS, IA 51031
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    Fr. Bruce Lawler
  • Interment

    Calvary Cemetery
    900 Plymouth Street E
    LE MARS, IA 51031
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  • Reception

    All Saints Catholic Parish - St James Church
    109 6th Ave. SW
    LE MARS, IA 51031
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Audrey Rus

Posted at 10:34pm
joel and heartfelt sympathy to you and your family in the loss of a mother and grandmother, prayers

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Posted at 04:43pm
sorry to hear about your loss

Alan, Kathy DuVall and Family

Posted at 01:55pm
We will always remember your Mom as a fun & loveable person that always had a smile, a great outlook & something funny or nice to say. John 5:28
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Sending thoughts and prayers to your family from ours. Your mother was a beautiful woman who will be missed by all. Ginger Sitzmann Family
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Sue Utech

Posted at 09:40am
Becky, Jackie, Nikki and all of your family,
So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Thinking of all of you.
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Becky and family, so sorry for your loss, so many memories, will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers,,,,God bless

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