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Joyce Ann (Kruse) Sabel

November 24, 1961 - August 23, 2018
From: Urbandale, IA
Joyce Ann (Kruse) Sabel

Joyce Ann (Kruse) Sabel

Born: November 24, 1961
Died: August 23, 2018
Age: 56

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   Joyce Ann (Kruse) Sabel, age 56 was born on November 24, 1961.
   She passed away on August 23, 2018, at Kavanagh Hospice House due to ovarian cancer after fighting it for nearly seven years. Her funeral will be at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Royal, Iowa, on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. Visitation with the family will be one hour before the service.

     Joyce lived on the Kruse family farm near Royal her first 18 years. Joyce graduated from Clay Central High School in 1980. She received an Associate of Business degree in 1982, from Waldorf College, Forest City, Iowa. She lived and worked in the Storm Lake area for 15 years. Citizen’s 1st National Bank, Buena Vista Stationary and Printing, Western Iowa Synod of ELCA, and Buena Vista Work Activity Center were her employers during this time. Joyce was a member of St Mark’s Lutheran Church in Storm Lake, a member of the Senior Choir, pianist for the Junior Choir and Sunday School. Accompanist for special music groups and played piano for a few weddings.

     Joyce married Tom Sabel on July 19, 1997, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Royal where she was also baptized and confirmed. She and Tom moved to Spencer and worked while attending Buena Vista University’s Spencer site. Joyce received her BA degree in 2001. In December of 2000 they moved to Newton, Iowa. She worked at Grinnell Mutual Insurance Company and Caldwell Law firm. In 2006 she started working for the State of Iowa, Department of Education until November 2017. Joyce was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Newton, Iowa.

     Joyce is survived by her husband, Tom and cat, Sidney of Urbandale, IA; parents, Roger and Betty Kruse of Peterson, IA; step-son and wife, Brian and Jaime Sabel of Memphis, TN; step-daughter, Jennifer; and step-grandson, Jon of Dallas Center, IA; brother and sister-in-law, Keith and Joyce Kruse of Everly, IA; sister and brother-in-law, Brenda and Steve Golay of Perry, IA; nephew and wife, Javan and Danielle Kruse and their children Ali and Nate of Hartley, IA; niece, Alecia and husband, Casey and their son, Luke of Alta, IA; brother-in-law and wife, Joe and Denise Sabel of Sisseton, SD, and their son Jeff of Big Lake, MN; brother-in-law and wife, Matt and Laurie Sabel and their children Jacob ,Emily and Jamie of Big Lake, MN; plus many other relatives and friends.

     Joyce was predeceased by her Maternal and Paternal Grandparents, Uncle Dick and Aunt Sis Petersen, Cousins David Petersen, Jolene Munson, Stan Munson, and Marcus Sabel.

     Please designate memorials to be sent to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Unity Point Hospice or Hospice Care Services- Kavanagh House

Funeral services will take place 1:30 P.M., Tuesday, August 28, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Royal, IA.
Pastor Ken Ahntholz
Pastor Mark Wilms
Steve Taylor
Mark Petersen
Matt Petersen
Joe Sabel
Javan Kruse
Casey Tolzin
Eric Golay
Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Royal.
"How Great Thou Art"
"Shepherd Me Oh Lord"
"Untitled Hymn"
"Borning Cry"
by Lori Taylor

Organist:  Lynn Wilms
Willow Creek Cemetery
Royal, Iowa


Sunday, September 2, 2018 at 7:30 PM
“So sorry for your loss, of a Wife, Mom, Daughter, Sister, she was way to young.. Nothing worse than loosing a Child, as we know as the loss of Sister Mary, and Sister Linda!! Prayers and love to you all at this very hard time.”
- Paula Tewes
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 1:25 PM
“My sincere condolences in the loss of your dear loved one, Joyce. It is never easy to lose a loved one in death. The Bible calls death our “enemy” and God promises that it will be destroyed. 1 Corinthians 15:26. May you find comfort in God and His promise during this very difficult time.

- S. L.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 7:53 AM
“Aunt Betty and Uncle Roger, Keith, Brenda, Tom and your families: I am truly sorry for your loss and I will miss my cousin. Joyce truly was a warrior to the end. May God surround you all in his love. Sending prayers for peace and comfort to all.”
- Jamie and Barbara Rodberg
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 7:53 AM
“I feel very fortunate that my life was touched by Joyce. I will always remember her love of gardening. And she was a wonderful person to all. I will miss her dearly. God bless to all.”
- Jamie Rodberg
Monday, August 27, 2018 at 7:47 AM
“So sorry to hear this news. Joyce and her entire family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Wayne and Debbie Petersen”
- Wayne Petersen
Monday, August 27, 2018 at 7:47 AM
“Our heartfelt prayers go to Joyce’s family. Roger & Betty, we are so saddened to hear of your loss.”
- Dale & Rhonda Streufert
Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 7:19 PM
“Our sincere condolences & love - sending prayers for all the family to be blessed with the peace that passes all understanding.”
- Beth Ann & Bruce McKinzie
Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 2:25 PM
“So sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing, thoughts and prayers to her family. Fellow classmate”
- Cheryl Burgeson
Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 10:35 AM
“So sorry to hear of a fellow classmate Joyce Kruse that has passed. May God bless her and her family. And all of Clay Central graduates.
Kevin Black”
- Kevin Black
Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 4:55 PM
“Joyce was a brave soul who faughr a long battle. I loved seeing her garden pictures on Facebook. Rest In Peace Joyce, you are now in God’s hands. As my father said just before he passed away and was asked about his pain. “It will be ok when I am young again.” ”
- Karen Chapman
Friday, August 24, 2018 at 7:20 PM
“Thinking of you and sending our prayers at this difficult time. ”
- Dean and Susan Reiser
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