Joseph G. Gansen
July 11, 1933 ~ January 11, 2013
Joseph G. Gansen, age 79, of Elma, IA passed away unexpectedly on Friday, January 11, 2013 at Escondido, CA while on vacation. Joseph George Gansen was born on July 11, 1933 to Clarence and Geneva (Jacoby) Gansen in Elma, Iowa. He attended Elma Country School #9. He then farmed with his dad and took over farming the family farm in 1961. Joe was united in marriage to Eleanore Ludwig on January 28, 1953 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Lourdes. Joe and Eleanore raised their five children on the farm and continued to farm to the present time. Joe enjoyed golfing, tractor pulls, farming and he especially loved his wife and family. Joe’s main joys were his kids, cows and collies. Joe is survived by his wife of 59 years Eleanore of Elma; children Kenny (Jamie) Gansen of Elma, MaryJo (Dennis) Fitzgerald of Elma, Jayne (Joe) Jeffrey of Vista, CA, Bob (Dawn) Gansen of Elma, and Richard (Annie) Gansen of Elma; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sisters Mary Finley of Story City, IA, Kathrine White of Alta Vista, Norma (Ken) Kolbet of Naperville, IL and Jeannette (Brian) Glaser of Kansas City, MO; brother Gerald (Marge) Gansen of Elma; sister-in-law Regina Gansen of Elma; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Geneva Gansen; one brother Nicholas; brothers-in-law Wayne Finley and Daniel White and daughter-in-law Debra Gansen. Cemetery: Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery at Elma with his nephews serving as casket bearers. Memorials may be directed to the family. Visitation will be held from 4:00-8:00pm on Friday, January 18, 2013 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma with a 4:30pm Rosary and a 7:30pm Scriptural Wake Service. Visitation will continue at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral mass on Saturday. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30am on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Elma, Iowa with Father Steve Garner celebrating mass.