Wisconsin Dells - Helene Marie Giebel, 86, Wisconsin Dells, died on June 27, 2019, just three days short of her 87th birthday. Per her wishes, Helene was cremated and no funeral was held. Parties will be held in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin and Sarasota, Florida in the fall.
She was born in Portage, Wisconsin on June 30, 1932, to Elmer and Delilah Koch. She graduated from Baraboo High School. She married Duane John Giebel on August 2, 1958, at St. John’s Lutheran church in Baraboo, Wisconsin. They were married for 40 years. She worked at the Baraboo Powder Plant from 1951-1957. She was a housewife. They moved to Byron, Minnesota and then Massillon, Ohio. She became a real estate agent for 13 years.
Then they moved to Sarasota, Florida, where they lived in Camelot Lakes for 32 years. She volunteered at Sarasota Middle School, for more than 10 years, where she received many Senior Volunteer awards. She then began volunteering for Tidewell Hospice. This was really her pride and joy. She visited many, many patients and read to them and spent time with them, when their families couldn’t. The families were very grateful to her. She made flower arrangements, and delivered them to patients as well. She received many Presidential Volunteer Service awards.
She liked to crochet and do crafts. She loved her car and enjoyed driving fast. She always told stories about her time driving fast cars, and precision driving for Crash Dick’s Auto Daredevils in Wisconsin. She liked the nickname Kochie. (Cookie).
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She is survived by her children, Jerry Clingman, Gary Giebel, David Giebel, and Cheryl Giebel; sister, Rose Schehr and one other sister; grandchildren, Malissa Clingman, Stephanie Giebel, and Jesse Giebel; and great-grandchildren, Andrew, Austin, and Jasyln. She is also survived by nieces and nephews and many, many friends. Helene was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Duane.
She loved orchids and flowers, but please DO NOT give flowers. Memorial donations can be made to Tidewell Hospice at Philanthropy Department, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, Florida 34238
One of her favorite sayings is “Giving back to what God gave me to be able to do.”