1923 - 2019

Nora Elizabeth Dickel was born Jan. 27, 1923, in Haven, Kan., the daughter of Harvey J. and Elizabeth (Yoder) Miller.  Her family moved to the Kalona community in 1928.  She graduated from Center High School in 1941.  

On July 15, 1943, Nora was united in marriage to Cleo Dickel at her parents’ home in rural Frytown.  They made their home in Frytown where Nora did housekeeping in Iowa City and worked at Country Lane Eggs for 10 years.  

She was a member of the East Union Mennonite Church where she was active in WMSC.  She enjoyed cooking, gardening and quilting.  Nora passed away Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, at Parkview Manor in Wellman, at the age of 96 years.

Nora is survived by a son: Keith (Cindy) Dickel of Frytown; two daughters: Carol (Rex Watson) Springer of Ames and Joanne Miller of Iowa City; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two step great-grandchildren.  

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband: Cleo in 2014; a grandson: Jared Tadlock; two brothers: Enos Miller and Daniel Miller; and six sisters: Elsie Miller, Fannie Doolin, Mattie Bontrager, Anna Mae Hartzler, Bertha Wenger and an infant.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at East Union Mennonite Church in rural Kalona.  Pastor Joel Beachy officiated.  Burial was in the East Union Cemetery.  A memorial fund has been established for East Union Mennonite Church and Hospice Compassus.  The Yoder-Powell Funeral Home is caring for Nora and her family.

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