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Angela M. (Nockels) Fencl

Angela M. (Nockels) Fencl
Angela M. (Nockels) Fencl

Angela M. (Nockels) Fencl, 98, of Waterloo, formerly of Lawler, died Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at the Cedar Valley Hospice in Waterloo.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 6, 2016, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Charles City with her brother, Rev. George Karnik celebrating the Mass. The pall will be placed by her four children. Lector for the service will be Bill Nockels. Presenting the offertory gifts will be her grandchildren, Ellie Lewis, Kim WIlliamson, Shaelynn Farnsworth and Shannon Hampsher.

Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Charles City with Tim Nockels, Steve Nockels, Greg Nockels, Justin Bonwell, Nathan Farnsworth, Seth Hampsher, Mark Lewis and Mark Nockels serving as pallbearers.

Friends may greet the family 2-5 p.m. Sunday, June 5, at the Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home in New Hampton. Visitation continues an hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Online condolences for Angela’s family may be left at hugebackfuneralhome.com  641-394-4334. If so desired, the family prefers memorials to the Cedar Valley Hospice.

Angela was born July 23, 1917, to Anton and Mary (Ryant) Karnik in rural Fort Atkinson. She went to a county school at the age of five. As a freshman she attended school in Protivin, where she played basketball. She was called “Fuzzy” the guard! Her parents wanted her to go back home and attend Fort Atkinson Catholic School after two years at Rudolphinum in Protivin. She graduated from Fort Atkinson and attended college in 1935, at the Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, where she received her teaching certificate.

Angela’s first country school that she taught at was approximately one mile away from her parents’ house. She was there for three years before changing to another school in another District.

During one of her occasions at a Spillville Dance she met Francis B. Nockels. The two were, eventually, married on Feb. 24, 1941 at St. John’s Church in Fort Atkinson. The couple were blessed with four children. Angela and Francis were married for 32 years and were very loving parents, and very proud of their children. When Francis died in 1973, Angela got a full time job as a cook at 11th Street Chautauqua Nursing Home in Charles City. She also cooked for the nuns following working at the nursing home.

Angela enjoyed visiting her grown children and seeing all of her special grandchildren. About five years later she married a very special man who was kind and sweet, Henry Fencl. They were married on Dec. 29, 1978 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Charles City. They were married almost 25 years before Henry passed away in 2003.

Angela’s faith was very important to her and she was active in the Catholic Church. She was a Eucharist Minister and belonged to the Catholic Daughters of the Americas in Lawler. She also was her daughter’s girl scout leader for many years. She was a very good cook and spent many hours in the kitchen. Being a good Czech, she made her famous Kolaches. Every season she would pick strawberries and sometimes mushrooms with her friend Alvina. She also made very beautiful quilts.

Angela never was afraid to face a challenge. She was a very strong, loving and caring person.

Angela is survived by her daughter; Mary Ann (Bill) Bonwell of Cedar Rapids; three sons, James Nockels of Oskaloosa, Paul (Diane) Nockels of Blair, Neb. and William Nockels of Plano, Texas; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one brother, Rev. George Karnik of Evansdale.

She was preceded in death by her parents; both of her husbands, Francis Nockels and Henry Fencl; brother, Leonard Karnik, Charles Karnik, Clarence Karnik, Anthony Karnik and Raymond Karnik; sister, Marcella Lynch.

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