Gloria J. Johannaber

gloria johannaber
Gloria J. Johannaber, age 79, of Fredericksburg, IA, passed away on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton, IA. Gloria Mack Johannaber was born on February 6, 1934, to Robert and Minnie Coen. She attended rural schools in the Fredericksburg, Nashua, Ionia and Basset areas. Gloria was a 1952 graduate of Colwell High School. On October 25, 1952, she was united in marriage to Lorris Mack. To this union three children were born, Deborah, Douglas and Donna. Gloria worked in various jobs, though mainly at Ott and Foresman Produce in Fredericksburg. She retired to raise her family and help her husband farm until Lorris passed away in 1985. She loved raising lambs. In 1988, Gloria was united in marriage to Ivan Johannaber at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Hampton. The couple lived in Missouri until Ivan’s retirement in 1996. They then wintered in Texas and spent their summers in Fredericksburg. Gloria loved birds, flowers and animals. One friend stated that they wanted to come back as an animal and be cared for by Gloria. Music was a passion and one of her greatest joys was meeting Ernest Tubb who had kissed her hand. Gloria and Lorris travelled to several county fairs so that she could listen to him. She was planning on “waltzing across Texas” one day. Gloria is survived by her husband, Ivan Johannaber of Fredericksburg, IA, Her daughters, Deborah (Danny) Weiss Mallon of Denver, CO and Donna (Joe) Salazar of Harlingen, TX; her son, Douglas (Stacey) Mack of Charles City, IA; her step-sons, David (Linda) Johannaber of Huntsville, MO, Douglas (Wilma) Johannaber of Cairo, MO and Dennis (Becky) Johannaber of Huntsville, MO; her adopted son and favorite policeman, Tony (Vicky) Sanchez; her sisters, Lulu Buls of Fredericksburg and Janice (Bud) Theilen of Nashua, IA; her brother, Galen “Max” Coen of Fredericksburg; her grandchildren, Amanda Badger, Andrew Weiss, Andrea Mack, Sasha Salazar, Jennifer Nothweher, Paul Johannaber, Sara Jackson, Kristy Lakey, Greg Johannaber and Kevin Johannaber; 11 great-grandchildren; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Virgil (Leola) Hartman of Waverly, IA and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lorris Mack; her granddaughter, Amelia Mack; her sisters, Vivian and Esther and her brothers, Clyde, Paul and Robert Dean. Cemetery: Burial will follow the funeral services for Gloria at Mt. Carrol Cemetery near Ionia, IA. Memorials may be directed to the family. Visitation will be held from 4:00-8:00pm on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Funeral Services for Gloria will be held at 10:30am on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Hampton with Pastor Kevin Frey officiating.

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  1. Ivan and family: I am so sorry Gloria is gone. She is now resting peacefully and without pain. These past few years have been tough on everyone. I have lots of good memories and will cherish them.

  2. Ivan & family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Gloria & Mom were such good friends for alot of years. Mom always enjoyed getting her letters and phone calls. I’m sure they are visiting now. She was such a sweet lady! May she rest in peace.
    Jane & Jack Seelhammer

  3. Ivan and family–Gloria was one special, special lady. I enjoyed knowing her. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Time doesn’t heal, but it does make each day more tolerable. I will always remember the Special Pie for Rod and the dozen roses for me. A truly special and unique, one-of-a-kind, lady. Shirley Muenzel

  4. We will miss you, Aunt Gloria! You always called me Pammy. No one else but you called me Pammy. You are home with Jesus now where there is no more pain. We will see you again one day!

  5. Ivan & Family, Please accept our deepest sympathy in your time of sorrow. Gloria was always such an awesome lady to put up with her pain and sorrow. And you were such a Trooper Ivan to take such good care of her. Golden Rod Lane won’t be the same. You have our sympathy and prayers.

  6. Ivan, Deb, Doug and Donna
    I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of Gloria.
    You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    It is these kind of times that I don’t like living so far away from family.
    Hugs and Kiss to all
    Larry and Cheryl Krough

  7. Donna & all your families,

    Many of your friends in Harlingen, Texas are praying and thinking of you, your brother & sister, Ivan, and all extended families on the loss of your beautiful mother. Just know that we are here for you! We love you and wish we could be with you & your families during this time, but we are there in spririt!! Your mother was a true and rare gem…we were all blessed to have met her and spent time with her! RED LOBSTER times!!! Love ya! YVonne Rodriguez Wilson Elementary School

  8. Doug and family.
    Sorry to hear of your loss. We will be thinking of you and praying for all of you.
    Rick & Linda

  9. I have many fond memories of Aunt Gloria. My sister Linda and I would stay at Aunt Gloria’s house for a few days so we could play with Donna. I would get homesick and Aunt Gloria would comfort me and ask “Kari would a root beer float make you feel better?” It always did. Another special memory I have is Uncle Lorris and Aunt Gloria would always take my parents out for dinner for their wedding anniversary. I know my parents enjoyed that. We love you Aunt Gloria and we will miss you. I feel blessed to have so many wonderful memories of you that I will cherish forever.

  10. Please accept my deepest sympathy for I too know the pain of losing someone you love. May your family find comfort as I have in knowing that our loving heavenly Father promises us that very soon he will ‘swallow up death forever, and certainly wipe the tears from all faces.’ (Isaiah 25:8) What a wonderful day that will be!

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