HAWARDEN -- Joi Ebel, 45, of Hawarden, died suddenly Friday, Oct. 24, 2003, at the Hawarden Community Hospital.
Joi Marie Kircher was born April 9, 1958, in Hawarden, the daughter of Arlo and Jeanette (Schneider) Kircher. She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawarden. She graduated from West Sioux High School in 1976. She attended St. John's Lutheran College in Winfield, Kan.
Joi worked as activities director at Hass Hillcrest Care Center and as a receptionist for Dr. Kathleen Keltz.
Joi married Marv Ebel on May 18, 1991, and the couple made their home in Hawarden. She and Marv started Joi Ministries, Inc., in 1991, and she traveled across the Midwest sharing her love of Jesus and her love of laughter through singing and telling her story of survival while battling many health concerns. Her courage and strength during her struggles were an inspiration to all who knew and loved her. Joi knew her singing was a gift from God. Her motto was "He Is My Song," and all who heard her sing had their hearts touched forever.
Joi loved spending time going for walks with her husband and seeing eye dog, Kea, hearing the birds sing, spending time with her nieces and nephews, keeping up her home, going to Bible studies, and listening to books on tape.
Survivors include her husband, Marv; her parents, Arlo and Jeanette Kircher of Hawarden; two step-daughters, Maria Ebel Banks of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Melodie Ebel of Knoxville, Tenn.; three step-grandchildren, Austin, Andrew and Amiyah Banks; her mother-in-law, Mildred Ebel of Spencer; two brothers, Kerry and his wife, Farhat and their daughter, Aashna of North Potomac, Md., and Kyle and his wife, Michelle, and their daughters, Kelsey, Jordan and Madison of Rochester, Minn.; two sisters, Laurel and her husband, Bill Carlin, and their children, Peter and Grace of Frederick, Md., and Jan Kircher and her children, Michael Maples, Meggie Mapes and Ethan Kircher of Le Mars; her beloved Seeing Eye dog, Kea; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawarden with the Rev. Todd Bunge officiating. Burial will be in Grace Hill Cemetery at Hawarden. Visitation will be from noon to 4:30 p.m. today (Monday) at the Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden. A prayer service will be at 7 p.m. Monday at the church.