Phyllis Fandel

A funeral mass was held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, May 3, at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Whittemore. Visitation was from 4:30 to 7 p.m., on Thursday, May 2, at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Whittemore. A rosary began at 4:30 p.m., and a scripture prayer service at 7 p.m.

Phyllis Gwendolyn Fandel was born Sept. 26, 1926, in Greenville, 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 through the U.S. Cadet Nurses Corps.

Phyllis worked as a registered nurse from 1967 to 1971 at the Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg. She then worked as the nursing home administrator at the West Bend Care Center from 1971 to 1991.

On June 16, 1948, she was united in marriage to Francis M. Fandel in Whittemore. 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 cards, 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, Algona. She was 92.

Phyllis is survived by her children: Linda (Curt) Vaudt of Whittemore, Dale (Sue) Fandel of Tega Cay, S.C., Roxanne Krieps of Sexton, Norman (Tammie) Fandel of Jefferson, Mark Fandel of Milan, Mich., Jan (Mike) Capesius of Lu Verne, Phillip (Wanda) Fandel of Bowie, Texas; daughter-in-law, Jan Fandel; 21 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; sister, Nancy Geres; sisters-in-law, Marian Youngwirth and Ilene Fandel; and many nieces, nephews, cousin and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband Francis in 2001, daughter Diane in 1953, son David in 2019, son-in-law Jack Krieps, and sisters, Joan (Tom) Schuller and Gloria (Gene) Rochleau. Online condolences may be left at

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