1937-2018

Frances Lucile Stencel, 81, of McGregor, IA passed away Monday, October 22, 2018 at Great River Care Center in McGregor, IA. Her body is gone, but her spirit is in heaven with Jesus. She was born February 20, 1937 to Francis Baird and Lula Irene (Ferguson) Gunn. Frances graduated high school in Jacksonville, and continued her education at Illinois College in Jacksonville and Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, obtaining her Master’s Degree in Education.
Frances was united in marriage with John E. Stencel Jr. on June 15, 1963 in Elgin. To this union two daughters were born. Throughout the years, Frances was an English teacher in Dundee, IL as well as Director of Study Skills Center and Library Head at Olney Central College. She was a member of Journey Church in Dubuque, IA and First Assembly of God Church in Olney.
In her spare time, Frances enjoyed shopping at re-sale shops and for antiques, reading, traveling and watching detective shows on TV. She was a people person and loved going out for lunch with friends. Frances was a born-again Christian who loved the Lord and has eternal life in heaven with Jesus. She was a great help mate to her husband John for 55 years and an awesome mother and grandmother.
Frances is survived by her loving husband, John Stencel Jr. of McGregor, IA; two daughters, Dr. Lynette Lamp –Knight (Dr. Jonathan Knight) of Winona, MN and Denise Stencel-Gottfried (Jonathan Gottfried) of Woodside CA; and her granddaughters, Samantha Knight, Olivia Knight, Sophia Gottfried and Evelyn Gottfried.
Frances was preceded in death by her parents, Baird and Irene Gunn; and her siblings, Margaret Rabjohns, Jim Gunn and Dorothy Peura.
Funeral service will be at 11 AM on Monday, October 29 at First Assembly of God in Olney. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. Burial will be at Haven Hill Memorial Gardens. Pastor Paul Goss will be officiating.
Family and friends can sign Frances’ online guestbook at www.thrasherfamilyfh.com