Joan Schissel

Joan Schissel

Joan Schissel age 89, of Ossian, Iowa died on Sunday, September 19, 2021 at the Ossian Senior Hospice in Ossian, IA. A mass of Christian Burial was held at the St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church, Ossian, Iowa at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 25, 2021 with Rev. Robert Gross as the clergy. Interment was in the St. Francis De Sales Catholic Cemetery, Ossian, Iowa.

Joan Agnes (Bucheit) Schissel was born the youngest child of Alphonse and Olivia (Schneberger) Bucheit on April 21, 1932. She graduated as valedictorian from the De Sales High School in 1949. On May 19, 1952, Joan married Donald Schissel at St Francis De Sales Catholic Church, in Ossian, IA.  While raising their ten children, she worked with Donny running their business, Don’s Repair. Later they provided daycare for many of their grandchildren.  She maintained multiple gardens each summer, enjoyed fishing and boating on the Mississippi River with family and friends, along with motorcycle riding, playing cards, and numerous bus trips across the country with Donny. Her love of crocheting kept her busy many evenings, providing afghans and doilies to share. Everyone looked forward to her delicious apple strudel, and her famous T-ring in lieu of a Christmas card. Grandma Joan was very proud of being the #1 GrandPad user, which led to her recent celebrity status in their commercial and her memorable catch phrase “When you’re alone, you’re not alone.  All you have to do is push a few buttons, and everyone is there!” 

Joan is survived by her ten children:  Joyce (Jim) Bakewell, Waukon, IA; Amy Balik, Newton, IA; Jeff (Patty) Schissel, Ossian, IA; Meg Schissel, Eden Prairie, MN; Mike (Barb) Schissel), Postville, IA; Pat Schissel, Seal Beach, CA; Jill (Ron) Johnson, Marion, IA; Sue (Kurt) Kraus, Marion, IA; Sally (Scott) Lien; Wabasha, MN, Sarah (Dennis) Taylor; Fort Atkinson, IA; Twenty-one grandchildren including: Jill (Jeff) Miller, Ann (Jonathan) Lockhart, Paul (Danielle) Bakewell, Lee (Casey) Bakewell, Ian (Chelsea) Bakewell, Jodi (Dave) Hanson, Lori (Aaron) Maldonado, Olivia (Ben) Henning, Noah (Dani) Balik, Sage Schissel, Garrett Schissel, Staci (Ross) Malcom, Stephani (Arturo) Ortiz, Kristine Schissel, Alanah (Ryan) Swanson, Addison Johnson, Logan (Jessica Donels) Kraus, Emma (Benji Goldsmith) Kraus; Isaac (Amber Berck) Lien, Theo (Becca Alcock) Taylor, and Quinten Taylor. Twenty-eight great grandchildren; Josie and Jules Miller; Audrey and Jack Lockhart; Ella, Cooper and Hudson Bakewell; Louise Bakewell; Amelia, Liam and Oliver Hanson; Ethan, Helen and Lilian Maldonado; Avery, Myles and Marcus Henning; Tate, Aunika, and Lucy Balik; Collin and Nora Malcom; Victoria, Alfredo, Evan and Sorrell Ortiz; Rylah Swanson, and Althea Donels-Kraus.  Brother and Sisters in law; Lynn (Steve) Wolf, Sharlene Schissel, and Cleone Schissel.

Joan was preceded in death by her husband Donald Schissel on July 1, 2011; Her parents, Alphonse and Olivia (Schneberger) Bucheit. Her Father and Mother in law, Elmer and Beatta Schissel.  Her sister, Joyce Bucheit, and Brothers and Sisters in law; Gerry (Mary) Bucheit, Adrian (LaVon) Bucheit, Quintin (Marcelite) Bucheit, Claude (Gretchen) Bucheit. Darrell Schissel, Bill Schissel, Vern Schissel, and Lee Schissel.

Arrangements by Schluter – Balik Funeral Home

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