Frances Elizabeth Sibbing, 93, passed peacefully to the Lord on Monday, October 1, 2018 at River Hills Village, in Keokuk, IA.
She was born on October 26, 1924 to Edward J. and Marie Glanzman in Quincy, Illinois. She was the eldest of 5 children. As the oldest sister, she was a good critic and provided information for her younger siblings.
She married Kenneth A. Sibbing on June 12, 1948 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Quincy, Illinois. They celebrated their 60th wedding June 12, 2008, followed by Ken's death on Sept. 3rd of that same year.
In her young adult years, she was employed as secretary for the Western Catholic Union in Quincy. In 1959, they moved their young family to Keokuk where Ken and his two partners opened and operated Alliance Patterns, Inc. She was a bookkeeper for the new company for several years and then became a full time homemaker.
Fran enjoyed gardening and flowers, bird watching, sewing, making crafts, collecting stamps and coins, playing bridge with friends, visiting with neighbors and researching her family heritage. Fran and Ken enjoyed summering at the Lake of the Ozarks for many years. They loved to go boating on the lake with family. They, also, enjoyed talking with their group of friends at their Condominium.
She was very active in Girl Scouts for many years as a leader for Junior, Cadette and Senior troops; helping with the cookie sales and distribution; and organizing summer day camp. She also, represented the Shining Trail Council at the Girl Scouts National Conventions. She was awarded many times for her continued support and activity. She was a member of All Saints Catholic Parish and was a devote Catholic.
Fran was a cancer survivor of more than 20 years.
Fran is survived by daughters Cathy (Doug) Kaiser and Judy (Kerry) Klepfer both of Keokuk; son Larry (Mary) Sibbing of Hamilton, IL; Grandchildren: Jessica (Ed) Koehler of Keokuk; Tina (Dave) Fountain of Ankeny, IA; Nathan (Tara) Klepfer of Ashland, Mo; Elizabeth (Andrew) Gudgel of West Des Moines, IA; Emily (Bill) Watson of Glen Ellyn, IL; Danielle (Josh) Anderson of Keokuk; and Kendall (Cherish) Sibbing of Ivy Bridge, England. She was a great grandmother of 11: Breanna Fountain, Bailey Fountain, Ethan Koehler, Ben Fountain, Aidan Koehler, Joseph Gudgel, Anna Gudgel, Lennon Anderson, Lucy Gudgel, Faye Klepfer and Hattie Klepfer. Her surviving sisters Minnie Jo Glisan, Pat Wensing; and special family friend, Lou Mcintyre of Quincy, IL; and sister-in-law Lucille Orscheln of Hannibal, MO; and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Ken, her sister Cecilla "Ceal"" Timpe and brother, Ed Glanzman; brothers-in-law Harold Orscheln, Bob Timpe, Jack Glisan, and Paul Wensing; and a great niece.
Visitation will be held at the DeJong-Greaves Celebration, 1212 Concert St., on Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 4 - 7 pm, with family meeting friends and family from 5 - 7 pm and Christian Vigil beginning at 7 pm.
Catholic mass will be celebrated at All Saints Parish in Keokuk on Friday, October 5, 2018 at 10:00 am with Rev. Fr. Robert Lathrop officiating.
Burial will be in the Catholic section of Oakland Cemetery in Keokuk, IA, immediately following mass.
In lieu of flowers the family requests any donations or memorials may be made to FARA (Frederich's Ataxia Research Assoc.), Keokuk Area Community Foundation, All Saints Parish or Keokuk Catholic School; or the givers choice.
Many thanks to Fran's doctors, nurses, aides, caregivers and support staff at River Hillis Village, Unity Point Hospital - Keokuk, and Every Step Hospice. Your patience and kindness will not be forgotten.
I am so sorry for your loss. I met Fran through Girl Scouts and what a wonderful soul. She was always ready to help in any way. I am so grateful for having met her. God bless
I am very sorry to hear about your mom passing away. I will always remember the fun times we had at the cabins every summer. God bless. Pat Beaird
So sorry for your loss. I did not know Fran personally but I heard her name a lot during my time in Girl Scouts. I pray God will give you all comfort during this time.
Fran was one of my favorite customers throughout my years at Keaslings. We got to know each other better when she became my mentor in Girl Scouts as a leader, we would ride to monthly meetings and events together. She taught me so much and I really enjoyed our times together. She will be missed by many, my thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Thinking of your families during this time of sorrow. Bonnie & Buddy Martin
We are so sorry to her of Fran's passing. We enjoyed being with her and Ken at many cousins get togethers. Our sympathies to the family. June & Bill Lahrman
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