Ethel Lorraine Jewell, 88, of Evansdale, died Monday, February 4, at MercyOne Waterloo Medical Center.
She was born March 26, 1930 in Spring Grove, Minnesota, daughter of Henry and Olga Gaare Helgeson. She married Clarence E. Jewell, Jr. on June 25, 1949 in Fort Riley, Kansas. He died September 7, 2007.
Ethel graduated from Decorah High School. She and her husband owned and operated Jewell's Body Shop for 64 years. She was a charter member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, where she was active in the Rosary Society and other church activities.
Survivors include: three sons, Michael (Deborah) Jewell of Washington, Iowa, Steven (DeAnn) Jewell of Waterloo and James (Julie) Jewell of Evansdale; two daughters, Kathryn (Timothy) Schoepske of Washburn and Karen (David) Broell of Waterloo; 14 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; and a sister, Helen (Clair) Knutson of Decorah.
Preceded in death by: a grandson, Jesse Jewell; three brothers, Charles Helgeson, William (Marian) Helgeson and Nathan (Sandy) Helgeson; and a sister, Nellie (Jack) Streit.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Queen of Peace Catholic Church with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway, where there will be a 4 p.m. Legion of Mary rosary and a 7 p.m. vigil service. Visitation will continue at the church for an hour before services on Saturday.
Memorials may be directed to Queen of Peace Catholic Church or Cedar Valley Hospice.
Condolences may be left with www.hagartywaychoffgrarup.com.
Ethel loved her family, flower gardening, cooking, camping and visiting her childhood farm in Highlandville, Iowa.