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Estella Marie Teel (1920-2019)


Posted By: Ken Wright (email)
Date: 6/11/2019 at 21:46:45

Estella "Stella" Marie Teel was born December 31, 1920, near Wapello, Iowa, in Louisa County, Iowa, the daughter of John and Viola Bruegge Kennedy. She attended school and grew up in the Muscatine and Columbus City areas.

She was united in marriage to Francis Edward Teel at Fredonia, Iowa. The family moved to the Winthrop area in 1950, where Francis was employed and Stella raised their six sons and three daughters. Stella was a very hard worker growing a large garden, canning the produce, and baking for her family. She was the go-to-person whenever cinnamon rolls, pies, angel food cakes, cookies or any baked goods was needed for community activities. Faithful families left their children in Stella’s care and her love of babies continued through her long life. After Francis died in 1992, she traveled with her good friend, Martha Stiefel, to many wonderful destinations.

Stella Teel, at the age of 98, entered into her eternal rest on Monday, March 25, 2019, at the Buchanan County Health Center in Independence, following a short illness.

Survivors include her six children: Alice (Larry) Green of Cedar Falls; Kenneth (Peg) of Rochester, MN; Steven (Janet) of Walker; Bruce (Julie) of El Dorado, WI; Susan (Mike) VanLaningham of Independence; and Monty of Jesup; twenty one grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; four great greatgrandchildren; one brother, Elmer (Marlene) Hettinger of Independence; and many other relatives and friends.

Preceding her in death, were her parents; her husband, Francis; her daughter, Nancy; two sons: David and Frank; two grandsons: Brian and Shawn; and two sisters and eight brothers.

A Memorial Fund has been established for the Church of Christ United and Camp Courageous.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 30, 2019, at the Church of Christ United with Howard Stiefel officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date in the Columbus City Cemetery.
Visitation will be on Friday, March 29 from 4 PM until 7 PM at the Fawcett Funeral Home in Winthrop and after 10 AM Saturday at the Church.


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