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Joan Delores Fideler

June 25, 1935 - October 31, 2021
From: Milford, IA
Joan Delores Fideler

Joan Delores Fideler

Born: June 25, 1935
Died: October 31, 2021
Age: 86

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     Joan Delores Clark was born June 25, 1935, in Sioux City, IA, the daughter of Joseph and Sarah Porter Clark.

     Joan loved fashion and design her entire life. As a teen she worked many jobs in order to put cashmere sweaters and poodle skirts on lay-away so she always had a fun new wardrobe in the pipeline (she may have complained when her favorite sister, Judy, would “borrow” and wear them first, but secretly she loved sharing everything with Jude).

     Joan graduated from Sioux City Heelan High School in 1953. Using her savings she bought a 1948 Chevrolet Stylemaster, hand-stitched new blue velvet seat covers and headed west to California. She studied interior design and photography at UCLA. Picnics on the ocean beaches were a favorite she relished again later in life when living in Laguna Woods, CA.  

     Joan moved back to Sioux City and worked as a photographer at the Younkers Photography Studio, which provided special photoshoot trips to New York City and North Carolina, further fueling her spirit of adventure.

    On February 9, 1957, Joan went to dinner at Club Debonair with her parents and best friend, Joanne Stevens Marx. A handsome fellow named Ty Fideler asked her to dance. She twirled into his arms and there she stayed. They married soon thereafter and started their life together in Spencer. They formed a dear group of friends whom they danced with at LaDanza on Saturday nights, played in bridge clubs, bowling leagues, four-ball eightsome golf nights, cocktail parties, down-hill ski clubs taking train trips to Aspen and more. 

   Joan and Ty had five children: Jeff, Kim, John, Clark and Cathy. As Joan and Ty’s siblings were marrying and having children at the same time, they were able to share many life experiences with the Wards, Clarks, Mike Fidelers, Moronys, Wiedenfelds and countless other friends. Special moments will always be treasured memories at the home Joan and Ty designed and built with dear architect friend John Galvin at 1917 W 11th St on the golf course. The kitchen was often the stage for her brother, Bob, and his superlative joke/storytelling, providing hours of laughs for the entire clan.

     Joan was busy at home with five little kids yet had a passion for community involvement. In the late 1970s she helped create the area’s first program for people with disabilities and served as charter president and board member of the Sunshine Worker’s, Inc for many years. In addition she was charter president of the Spencer Junior Federated Women’s Club, state art chairperson for the Iowa Junior Federated Women’s Club, family living chairperson of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, member of the Amity Federated Women’s Club and the Sacred Heart Altar Society, chairperson of the Clay County Garden Club, member of Spencer Area Association of Business and Industry and member of Spencer Chamber Ambassadors. Her love of art and events fueled her involvement with Arts on Grand and Backyard Bach and Blues.

   The Clay County Fair Floriculture Center was a yearly highlight, competing in flower arranging and all of the table design exhibits for 50+ years. Since every project was a family affair, the entire family enjoyed late night access to the fairgrounds and first-in-line access to Tom Thumb Donuts.

   In 1977 Joan purchased the Walls Alive business on Grand Avenue in Spencer and established Studio J, her interior design business. She loved the brick and green tile building at 101 W 6th Street and soon purchased it for her studio, employing a full staff of designers, assistants and bookkeepers. She opened a second location in Okoboji in 1984. Joan traveled with her designers to markets in Dallas and Chicago every year; she relished the new fabrics, materials, designs and experiences that fed her creativity.

   Joan adored her grandkids and was giddy planning their adventures together – tea parties and picnics, scavenger hunts, tree climbing and even braving the tallest water slides.

   Joan lived her final years fighting Lewy body dementia at Accura Healthcare of Milford, where she had the most boldly painted room and found dear friends whom she loved and considered family in the incredible, caring staff. She began hospice October 14, 2021 and was surrounded by family until she passed on Halloween – leaving this earth of course on a day of costumes and celebration.

   Proceeded in death by her parents; beloved husband Ty; brother and sister-in-law Bob and Mary Clark; brother-in-law Smilin’ Dave Brownley; brother-in-law Jim Ward; sister- and brother-in-law Darlene and Jim Morony; sister- and brother-in-law Edna Mae and John Weidenfeld; nephew Tom Wiedenfeld; nephew-in-law John Schulte and grandnephew Clark Schulte. Left to cherish her memory are her children Jeff, Kim & husband Kevin Robinson, John, Clark, and Sheba (Cathy) & husband Darren Ennis; grandchildren Jay, Kyle and Lauren Robinson; Jake and Jordan Fideler; Clark's step-children Michael, Madeleine and Gabrielle Pope.

   Joan liked anyone and anything with flair and had a disdain for the boring. She was passionate about having fun, trying new things and being creative in every possible way. We vow to honor her by celebrating the special unique moments of every day. Moscow mule cheers to you, Joanie. We love you.

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Services will be held 11:00 A.M., Saturday, November 13, 2021 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Milford.
Celebration, Nosh, Sips & Stories: 12:30 P.M.
Arnolds Park Museum
37 Lake Street, Arnolds Park, IA 51331

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Memory of Joan Fideler to:
Arts On Grand
408 Grand Avenue
Spencer, IA 51301
Father Brian Hughes
There will be a time of visitation and rememberances with the family starting at 10:15 A.M.
Burial will take place at a later date.


Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 9:11 PM
“My thoughts and prayers are with your family, but what a fantastic tribute to your mom!! She was a wonderful woman who obviously enriched the world of those who encountered her. Your family sure knows how to celebrate a parent (you did a great job on your dad's remembrance as well). Well done.”
- Kirk Johnson
Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 1:26 PM
“To Joan & Ty's family. We are so sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. You are all in our prayers.”
- Duane & Joan Kallsen
Friday, November 12, 2021 at 7:26 AM
“Sorry to hear about your Mom Kim.”
- Mike Durst
Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 7:32 AM
“I loved working with Joan in the Clay County Federated Garden Club. She was fun and creative. Sincere sympathy to her family.”
- Twila Henning
Monday, November 8, 2021 at 2:17 PM
“My ever dear beloved Aunt Joan, my godmother looking back I won the birth lottery- both my Aunt and my Godmother!

No explanations required. Imagine how special she made me feel. Seems like making everyone feel special was her thing.

Checking in on my life, my family relationships etc., likely feeling both my morbidity and some sentimentality,, my dear Aunt Joan and Uncle Ty feel a bit like royalty at this time.

Thing is, it was pure bliss, the memories are literally priceless. While I deplore Mt. Rushmore ((for the gross defacing of nature), no doubt that my Mt. Rushmore has my grandmother Sarah Clark, my mother Judy Ward, my Aunt Joan and my Uncle Ty Fideler.

Obtw, this amazing, incredible human being- Joan Fideler was MY godmother!”
- Pat ward
Monday, November 8, 2021 at 7:32 AM
“I’m so sorry to hear that your dear mother passed away. Joan was always very kind to me. She was just a kind, classy lady. She raised a wonderful family. I’m sure she is happy and pain free now. Thoughts and prayers to her family.”
- Tami Mugge Diekmann
Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 10:44 AM
“What a most delightful lady! Class and sparkle. I will remember her with fondness and her zest for living.”
- Sue Biederman
Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 9:10 AM
“Joan treated me to my first martini when she discovered I had never had one before. While we sipped martinis in a hotel bar in Los Angeles she regaled us with her adventures in California as a young woman. I raise a toast to you, Joan, as you and Ty “cut a rug” in the heavens above. Cheers, Jillian C ”
- Jillian Flynn
Friday, November 5, 2021 at 2:04 PM
“Joan was one of the most personable ladies I've ever met (besides my own mother & Joan's friend, Jean Foote). It was so wonderful to spend time with them when they were together, and Joan made absolutely everyone around feel included and so very special! Taking out the convertible was such a joy for her, and the enormous amount of lamps I bought from her auction has left a story my family will never let me live down (because we needed lamps and Joan had such amazing taste). I think of her most time I turn on a lamp at home. I have a feeling that everyone that spent any amount of time with Joan has some great stories of there own.
Prayers lifted for all her family and friends. What am amazing life we were all blessed to be a part of! ”
- Natasha Mohror
Friday, November 5, 2021 at 7:49 AM
“I’m so sorry for the loss of an adored life. Many memories to celebrate, I am sure. Thinking of you and your family, Sheba. ”
- Todd Stebleton
Friday, November 5, 2021 at 7:49 AM
“Fiddler Family we are so very sorry for your loss. ”
- Kris (Hallett) Illg
Friday, November 5, 2021 at 7:49 AM
“What an amazing accounting of your Mom’s life - I feel blessed to have gotten to know both your parents while attending your aways festive family celebrations. What a special life Joan had - I’m sure those great memories will help you all during this difficult time - especially knowing she is at peace. My sincere condolences to all of you.”
- Bruce Braverman
Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 2:11 PM
“Our deepest sympathies to our Fideler Cousins and family at the passing of Joan. I have so many fond memories of Joan. Everything she did was done with flare, creativity and love. She was one of my inspirations for following a design career path rather then a medical one as most of my family. She always showed up dressed impeccably with a delicious dish to share that no one had ever heard of before! She and Uncle Ty were a handsome and fun couple to be in the company of! She will be missed. Rest In Peace Aunt Joan.”
- Debra Fideler Williams
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 12:37 PM
“I first met Joan and Ty when I did floral arrangements and competed in the floriculture competition at the Clay County Fair about 20 years ago. Joan gave me many pointers on what the judges look for, which I used for each time I placed a table with an arrangement. She had style and class, loved her creativity and all the ways her life has touched others. My sympathy to the families, may your memories of Joan live on forever. ”
- Michele Dyhrkopp-Shortley
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 10:24 AM
“My deepest sympathies to the Fideler family and to all that knew Joan ! She was a classy lady and she had a beautiful soul. I hope her journey to heaven was as beautiful as she was. RIP ”
- Rhonda Olson
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 7:35 AM
“Blessings for Peace and Comfort at this difficult time. I first met Joan when we served together on the Board of Directors for the Sunshine Center ~ back when the living facilities were built. She was a kind and wonderful woman!”
- Moly Mulqueen
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 7:35 AM
“So very sorry for your family's loss. When we moved into the neighborhood 10+ years ago, Joan and Ty hosted a Housewarming Block Party at their Spencer home, just for us. So kind. God bless your family as you grieve your loss and remember her always.”
- Margaret and Mel Molitor
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 12:36 PM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, our wonderful neighbors for many, many years.
--The Families of Steven and Jennifer Rindsig, Robin Rindsig, and Billee Jean Rindsig”
- The Rindsig Families
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