In memory of

Alice Koessel

December 28, 1928 - September 19, 2020
From: West Des Moines, IA
Alice Koessel

Alice Koessel

Born: December 28, 1928
Died: September 19, 2020
Age: 91
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   Alice Koessel, age 91 of West Des Moines, IA, formerly of Lake View, IA, passed away on Saturday, September 19, 2020, at the EveryStep Kavanagh House in Des Moines, IA. Alice Matilda Koessel was born on December 28, 1928, to parents Arthur and Mabel (Anderson) Carlson in Gowrie, IA.  She grew up in Gowrie where she attended grade school and then graduated from Gowrie High School.  After graduation, Alice continued her education at Iowa State University. 

   On February 18, 1951, Alice was united in marriage to Wilmer Koessel at the Zion Lutheran Church in Gowrie. This union was blessed with four children: Allen, Meri, Mike and David.  They made their home in Lake View, where Alice was self-employed at Koessel Oil Co.  Alice and Wilmer ran their company for 27 years before retiring in 1983.

   Alice was very active in her church and a long-time member of the Ladies Aid.  She also belonged to many bridge clubs and enjoyed playing many card games in her spare time. She loved baking pies and cookies, and always gave a wonderful homemade coffee cake to friends at Christmas time.  Alice traveled to Arizona for 35 years during the winter months where she very much enjoyed the warm weather. She will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved her. 

   Those left to cherish her memory include her children: Allen (Judy Ellerbrock) Koessel of Lake View, IA, Meri (Dean) Mohr of Waukee, IA, and Mike (Becky Eaton) Koessel of Bentonville, AR; daughter-in-law Rajean (Nelson) Koessel of Phoenix, AZ; grandchildren: Christy Scroggin, Jason and Scott Mohr, Joshua Koessel, Karissa and Kristofer Koessel; nine great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

   Alice was preceded in death by her husband Wilmer Koessel; son David Koessel; parents; siblings Richard Carlson, Harold Carlson, Mary Orness and Wilma Arndt.
   Memorial contributions may be made to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church P.O. Box 260 Lake View, IA, 51450.  If you wish to send memorials to the family please send to Meri Mohr 205 Indian Ridge Drive Waukee, IA, 50263


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Private Funeral Service
10:00 a.m. Live Streamed

Public Graveside Service
11:00 a.m., Saturday
September 26, 2020
Ferguson Cemetery 
Lake View, Iowa
Rev. Donald E. Peterson III

Ferguson Cemetery
Lake View, Iowa


Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 12:23 PM
“Allen,Judy,Meri,Dean,Mike,Becky&Rajean. Alice was always fun and a special soul than will be missed. All our sympathy and prayers. Dorothy,Jeff&Mary Ann Bohnenkamp ”
- Jeff Bohnenkamp
Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 12:23 PM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.”
- Royce and Mellanie Nelson
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 12:04 PM
“Meri, Dean & family
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Loosing your mom is difficult, cherish those memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Mary Lou (Meister) & Jim Dopheide”
- Mary Lou Dopheide
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 12:04 PM
“Alice always showed me that she cared for me. I believe she did that for everyone. Allen, Merri and Dave, you have our deepest sympathy and fondest wishes during this trying time. ”
- Earl and Janet Hanson
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 12:04 PM
“So sorry to hear of Alice’s passing. We were fortunate to have gotten to know her and absolutely liver her sense of humor! You have our deepest sympathy. ”
- John and Tracy Cox
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 4:59 PM
“My Sympathy to the Family . Alice was a very Friendly Lady And Always had a Smile”
- Shirley Hoaglund
Monday, September 21, 2020 at 8:03 PM
“Deepest Sympathy to all of the family. She will be missed by Many.
Monday, September 21, 2020 at 8:03 PM
“We are saddened but are so glad we knew this remarkable friend and lady. RIP, Alice!”
- Jim and Lois Manuel Long
Monday, September 21, 2020 at 8:03 PM
“Dear Al and Judy,
So sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this solemn time. May the memories of your mother bring you peace as you move forward.
All of Our Love,
Jamie and Kerry”
- Kerry Haulotte
Monday, September 21, 2020 at 8:03 PM
“So sorry to hear of Alice's recent passing. She was a wonderful woman and will be greatly missed.”
- Michael Klus
Monday, September 21, 2020 at 8:03 PM
“Alice was always so nice..always had a smile....when we moved into our house across from her she brought us a plate of cookies...RIP Alice”
- Teresa
Monday, September 21, 2020 at 10:07 AM
“We were so sorry to hear of Alice's passing! She was always such a very nice lady!! ”
- Mike and LuAnn Norris
Monday, September 21, 2020 at 10:07 AM
“Our deepest sympathies. She was a wonderful lady. She will be missed.”
- Jeff & Jo Ellerbrock
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