Francis L. Gebel

Monday, August 28, 2017 1:34 pm

Francis L. Gebel, 81, of New Hampton, formerly of Lawler, passed away peacefully Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, at his home with his family by his side. A Mass of Christian Burial is at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Chuch in Lawler, with Father Kyle Digmann celebrating the Mass. Burial is at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel cemetery. Visitation was from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church. There was a 2:45 p.m. Rosary and a 7 p.m. scriptural wake service. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the funeral Mass Tuesday. Online condolences may be left at Memorials may be directed to the family.

Francis “Frankie” Leo Gebel was born Nov. 12, 1935, on a farm near North Washington, to Frank and Helen (Schwickerath) Gebel. He attended school at Lawler until the 10th grade. At this time, he stayed home to help farm when his brother entered the military. Frankie married Darlene Busta April 8, 1958, at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Little Turkey. Together they farmed for 54 years until they retired and moved to New Hampton in 2012. Frankie was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Lawler. He enjoyed farming, working with horses, playing cards and attending his grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s events.

Those left to cherish Frankie’s memories are his wife of 59 years, Darlene Gebel of New Hampton; his three children: Karen (Albert) Kuhn, Cresco, Theresa (Greg) Hudecek, Protivin and Paul (Karen) Gebel, Denver; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; his sisters: Lucille (Francis) Reicks, Leona Kriener and Jean Hageman; his brother, Joe (Diana) Gebel; sister-in-law, Mary Agnes Gebel; brother-in-law, James Leibold; honorary family: LaVerne (Tuffy) Blue, Eddie (Geraldine) Busta, Angie Busta, Arnie (Sandy) Busta, Bernie (Karen) Busta, Betty Busta, Jim (Mary Lou) Busta; and numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, LeRoy and Robert (Rita) Gebel; three sisters: Marilyn (Francis) Burns Leibold, Loretta (Paul) Kleve, Doris (Raymond) Balik. He also was preceded in death by his in-laws: Lorraine (Ed) Panos, Gladys (Richard) Balik, Luke Kriener, Leon Hageman, Walter Busta; and by nieces and nephews: Bonnie Panos, Art Gebel, Larry Gebel, condy Reicks Jerdee, Patricia Burns and Linda Balik.

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