Suzanne Gebel of Urbandale, Iowa, died in Des Moines at 55

Suzanne Gebel Death: Suzanne Gebel, 55-year-old, of Urbandale, passed away on Thursday, November 25, 2021, at UnityPoint Health-Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines. She served on two boards for IFDA, Board of Governors and Funeral Services of Iowa. She was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and the Iowa State University Alumni Association.

Born Suzanne Marie Gebel, on May 30, 1966, in Charles City to James and Mary Colleen (Welch) Gebel. She went to Immaculate Conception Elementary School and in 1984, she graduated from Charles City High School. In 1988, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Iowa State University, where she studied journalism and mass communication. She received her Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the American Society of Association Executives in 2013

She began her career as an Associate Executive Director for the Iowa Association of Community Providers. In September 2004, she became the Executive Director for the Iowa Funeral Directors Association (IFDA). She is survived by her brother, Pat (Shira) Gebel of Charles City, sister, Beth (Scott) Hoppel of Osage, German exchange sister, Uta Herbst; aunts and uncles.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 4, 2021, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Charles City with Reverend Gary Mayer celebrating the Mass. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Charles City. A visitation will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 3, 2021, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Charles City and continue one hour prior to the Mass on Saturday.

In honour of and in keeping with Suzanne’s wishes, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the IC Youth Activities Fund (106 Chapel Lane, Charles City, IA 50616) and the IFDA Scholarship Fund (1454 30th Street, Suite 204, West Des Moines, IA 50266). Hauser Weishaar Funeral Home, (641) 228-2323, 1205 South Main Street, Charles City, Iowa 50616 is in charge of local arrangements. Online condolences may be left on the Tribute Wall for the family at

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