Wilma E. Gesell
February 3, 1930 ~ October 21, 2019
Wilma E. Gesell, age 89 of Elma, Iowa, passed away on Monday, October 21. 2019 at Colonial Manor in Elma, Iowa. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Elma, Iowa with Pastor Daird Korth officiating. Burial will be in Howard Cemetery at Elma, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 9:30-11:00 AM on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Elma, Iowa. Wilma Elizabeth Gesell was born on February 3, 1930 to Julius and Gertrude (Lubbert) Kapka in Riceville, Iowa. She attended school in Riceville and graduated from Riceville High School in 1949. Wilma worked in Osage, Iowa as a secretary. Wilma was married to Gilbert Gesell on April 21, 1952 at Maple Leaf Church near Elma, Iowa. After their marriage the couple lived in Amarillo, Texas until 1954 when they moved back to the family farm near Elma where they lived and raised their family. Wilma enjoyed flower gardening, bird feeding and watching wildlife, and antiquing with her nieces. She was active in her church and enjoyed bowling with the girls from work. She enjoyed her family time especially with the grandchildren. She was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Wilma is survived by her son Roger (Barb) Gesell of Elma, Iowa; grandchildren Aaron Gesell, Jessica Knight, Kelly Tucke, Adam Gesell and Becky Hoehne; 13 great grandchildren; sister Velda Myers of Riceville, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews. Wilma is preceded in death by her parents Julius and Gertrude Kapka; husband Gilbert (1995), sons Gary and Loren; daughter Diana; brothers Lavern and Orville; and sister Velma Krueger.