Joan “Jackie” Spielbauer, age 78, of Guttenberg, IA, died Sunday, May 5, 2019, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital after a long battle with MS. She was born on October 7, 1940, in New Vienna, IA, the daughter of Norbert and Leona Wessels.
Jackie graduated from Colesburg High School. On September 30, 1961, she was united in marriage with Frank Spielbauer. She was very happy to join a large family, and quickly made it her own. This union blessed the couple with seven children. She worked at Dubuque Pack, the Guttenberg Locker, Larry's Drive In, Mackey’s Super Value, and Casey’s. Jackie was a member of the St. Mary’s School Board, Parish Council, and the Home School Association for many years. She was also a member the Guttenberg High School Booster Club.
Jackie enjoyed attending her children’s many sporting events, both home and away, in high school and college. Earlier in life, Jackie bowled in several leagues. She loved to be around people, both at work and at home. She hosted and planned many get-togethers for friends and family, which are fondly remembered by all who attended.
Jackie is survived by her husband of 57 years, Frank; 7 children, Kenny (Karen) Spielbauer, Patty (Jeff) Smitherman, Mike (Tammy) Spielbauer, Michele (Jeff) Frazier, Steve Spielbauer, Brian (Jennifer) Spielbauer & Sue (Ryan) Meinecke; 20 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.
Jackie was preceded in death by her parents and one granddaughter, McKenna Thatcher.
In lieu of flowers, donations will be taken for both the National MS Society and St. Mary’s School.
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